The original StarCraft got a new update yesterday. With this new update, both the game and it’s update are now free to play, just in time for the remaster set to come out this year.
And this isn’t free-to-play in mobile sense where you need to play to access more of it. No, it’s free to play from beginning to end. Besides making the game free to play, the update also adds fullscreen and windowed options, adds Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types, adds an Observer Mode, and adds the option to display more actions per minute.
StarCraft is out now for the PC. If you want to download it, you can do so here. Here are the full patch notes:
- 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 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 support now available for 10.11 and up.
- 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.
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