StarCraft for Everyone!
In 1998 a RTS hit that would change the world. Okay, maybe not the world but the RTS genre as we know it. MOBA esports would not exist without StarCraft. After 8 years without a single patch everyone assumed that was that. Imagine the surprise of the still active players when they discovered it had been updated to version 1.18.
Both the main game and the Brood War expansion pack are now 100% free. Permanently. Anyone who didn’t shell out my the expansion can now enjoy it. More excitingly this opens the RTS doors to a whole new generation of players. You can find links to download both the PC and Mac versions here.
Other Fixes Thrown In
Obviously it would be madness to not use this opportunity to tweak anything that needs tweaked. As such this patch actually does quite a lot. Think of it as a going away gift to us from StarCraft. Except it’s not going anywhere.
Fans of the original are probably aware that while the free version may get people back playing now the real gem is the remastered edition due out anytime now. Still, it’s a chance to hone your skills pre-release.
If you are ready to jump back in here’s the full list of patch details.
- 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
- 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
- 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
Bye for Now
Thank you Blizzard. Hopefully plenty of new gamers will give it a go as we all like a freebie. The future of RTS looks bright and this has turned it up a little bit brighter.