StarCraft Brood War Now Available For Free Alongside Patch 1.18

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Apr 19, 2017
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Last month, Blizzard confirmed not only that StarCraft will make a glorious comeback with a remastered version, but also that the original release and its expansion, Brood War, would become available for free. Starting today, it’s possible to get the classic RTS for free.

Both StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War can now be downloaded for free from Blizzard’s official website. The 1.18 patch, which introduces a variety of new features, has also been made available. You can check out the full patch notes below.

General

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.

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

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StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now available for free. The remastered version of the popular RTS will launch this Summer.

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