Blizzard has announced that StarCraft is now free to download and play for the PC and Mac computers. This is the first game in the StarCraft franchise and is the full game. The expansion pack for the game called Brood War is also free to download. These free downloads do come with a patch to make the games play better on modern computers.
If you download and play the game, you will have to keep in mind that it is 19 years old and you get the sort of graphics that you would expect from such a ripe title. The free original version of StarCraft is landing to get people hooked ahead of the new launch of StarCraft Remastered that is due to land this summer.
If you love reliving the gameplay, but long for much better graphics, Remastered will deliver full 4K graphics. Blizzard says that if you download the original version for free, you will be able to play online against people who purchase the Remastered version when it launches.
The original launch for StarCraft was 1998 and found particular success in South Korea where tournaments, pro teams, and even TV shows focused on the game turned up. The StarCraft II sequel launched in 2010. The new patch to make the game run smoother on modern hardware is 1.18 and improves compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. It also allows the game to support Mac Beta 10.11 and higher. The game has observer mode and UPnP support along with new full screen windowed mode and better anti-cheat features reports TheVerge.