Back in 1998 Blizzard redefined the real time strategy genre with Starcraft, a game that centers around three factions being Protoss, Terran and Zerg. The game was a huge success and had two expansions, StarCraft: Insurrection and StarCraft: Brood War, all being released in 1998. The StarCraft lay dormant for over a decade until StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty was released in 2010. StarCraft 2 also had expansions with the most recent being released last year with StarCraft 2: Nova Covert Ops.
Even though StarCraft 2 was out and being updated to work with the newest and best computer parts, there were still groups of players that held games of the original StarCraft on private servers that were pretty much invite only. Being invited to these StarCraft groups was almost as hard as joining a group in World of Warcraft, because if they were playing and you didn’t show up you were out.
It looks to be that those original StarCraft players can both enjoy the original game, but with upgraded graphics because Blizzard has announced that StarCraft Remastered will be released this Summer. There won’t be anything removed from the original game, but there will be new features added. These features include upgraded graphics and audio, matchmaking, a ladder system, social features as well as other yet to be announced features. To prepare for StarCraft Remastered, Blizzard will update StarCraft: Brood War later this week. The upgrade will fix bugs, rebind keys, observer mode, anti-cheat measures, and compatibility improvement with the current versions of the Windows operating systems. Once this update takes place, StarCraft Anthology will be released as a free download which includes the original StarCraft game and the Brood War expansion.