Believe it or not, the original StarCraft is still hugely loved in some parts of the world. In particular out in the Far-East, where the game is still a staple on the professional gaming scene. Now Blizzard has taken the decision to update the game for the first time in eight years, converting the game to a free game and making some minor fixes along the way.

The game is now free to anyone with a Windows PC or Mac, available via the Blizzard website.

The updates mad to the game make a number of cosmetic fixes. These include;


  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
  • Added UTF-8 support.
  • Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
  • Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
  • Added options to display actions per minute.
  • Added Observer mode.
  • Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
  • Added autosaving for replays.
  • Added an option to display the game timer.
  • Added UPnP support.
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over
  • Improved UI layout in sections.
  • Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
  • Improved anticheat capabilities.
  • Improved installation and patching performance.
  • Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches.
  • Fixed problems with LAN game discovery.
  • Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in menus.
  • LAN and Legacy fixes.

Known Issues

  • The profile section is currently unavailable.


All of this is building hype to the StarCraft: Remastered game that is set to be released in the Summer.

Will you be downloading the Legacy edition of StarCraft? Do you have any fond memories of the game?


‘Editor in Chief’

A lifelong gamer, lover of movies and devourer of television; Shaun still can’t complete DOOM 2 on nightmare without breaking down into a crying heap.