Blizzard releases first Starcraft patch in 8 years, and it’s now completely free-to-play along with Brood War

By Kin Boon on Apr 19, 2017

Image credit: YouTube
Image credit: YouTube

A remastered version of Blizzard’s classic RTS game, Starcraft was announced at the end of March, and the developers could have been forgiven if they intend to stop supporting the original game. That wasn’t the case, as Blizzard has updated Starcraft to version 1.18, which is its first patch in 8 years. On top of that, you can now get the entire Starcraft Anthology for free, including the base game and the Brood War expansion.

Starcraft was made free to commemorate the upcoming release of the remastered version, featuring 4K-enhanced graphics. Despite the game being almost two decades old, it still boasts a healthy multiplayer scene, and patch 1.18 serves as a good enhancement for players who prefer to go old-school.

On top of that, this allows newcomers to try what’s Starcraft all about, considering it made significant contributions in paving the way for competitive gaming today. Even if you are not interested in testing your strategy skills against the multiplayer community, the storyline is engaging enough by today’s standards.

Here are the download links for both PC and Mac users, along with patch notes for the update below:

General

  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; Alt+Enter switches 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 game time
  • Added UPnP support
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over Battle.net
  • Improved UI layout in Battle.net 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 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 Battle.net menus
  • LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes

Known Issues

  • The profile section is currently unavailable
  • Some chat commands are still being updated to play nice in the updated chat system
  • Friends location is being improperly displayed
  • Password games will often return bad password trying to join

Source: VG 24/7

Kin Boon
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Just your 'average' media newbie. Have interest in gaming (duh), superhero series, and I enjoy getting engage in conversations about footy. With that said, slight biasedness might be present if we are talking about Chelsea FC. Hope to see the world with my own pair of eyes in the future instead of viewing it through Instagram or Snapchat filters.
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