In March, “Starcraft: Remastered” was initially announced to have a summer 2017 release. Fans of this iconic game should be excited to know that Blizzard Entertainment finally unveiled that the upgraded version will hit the store shelves on August 14 this year for Mac and PC users.

The “Starcraft: Remastered” will reportedly feature 4K graphics, improved soundtrack and will be priced at $14.99. Players will now be able to save their game progress using the cloud and will be introduced to new game systems for matchmaking and leaderboards.

For people who plan to pre-order the game before the said release date, they will be given additional items such as three unique building skins; the Korhal Command Center, the Char Hive, and the Aiur Nexus.

Also, advanced orders will grant access to items for “StarCraft II” like Alexei Stukov and several unique portraits.

How did developers remaster 'StarCraft?'

The development team has no prior access to a few codes, and several artworks of the original game were missing. The art department had to create character sprites from scratch, only basing their work from recovered concept artwork, original boxes, sketches and even game manuals are used as reference materials.

Meanwhile, missing codes were taken from patches of the original game. This was more than enough as “StarCraft” received game patches for nearly 20 years.

Fortunately, a member of the sound team was able to make backups of the original sound and voice recordings of the game.

These recordings were enhanced to 44,199Hz format and were used for the remastered version.

'Do not ruin this game!'

Pete Stilwell, Blizzard’s Classic Games producer, has been adamant that he would like the remastered version to stay true to the original.

According to a report by ARS Technica, Stilwell said in a statement, “We’re not here to change classics from a gameplay perspective.”

Stilwell also revealed that the “StarCraft: Remastered” development team went to South Korea several times and invited its top players to be the game’s consultants and testers.

The Korean community wants certain issues of the game to remain untouched in the upcoming version.

This game will also feature an option wherein players can change the graphics using only a button on the keyboard to switch from the old-school graphics to the remastered one.

Check out the game’s teaser trailer below.

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