To say Blizzard is not for their fans is just flat-out wrong. This company has gone out of their way to release some of their past works for free, give free online play, and continue updating their older games decades after release. One such instance is StarCraft, which has just received a major update, been released for free, and updated to run on Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10.
StarCraft originally released on March 31, 1998 — over 19 years ago — and set the seeds to what we understand as the “eSports” movement today. I know, StarCraft didn’t start eSports, but you have to give credit where credit is due; this game certainly has helped keep the gaming competition alive and well.
This includes the expansion, Brood War. This is a big deal because Blizzard is one of those companies whose games have longevity (Diablo II Battlechest still commands shelf space in stores). There are not many PC games, or publishers, that can lay claim to that fact.
Later this year (rumor is this Summer) we will see the StarCraft Remaster release. This remaster will feature support for 4K displays, completely overhauled graphics, and feature bug fixes we have seen so far (and more probably). The remaster is going to revitalize StarCraft for both old school and new fans of the real-time strategy genre. If you are primarily a mobile gamer then you are in for a treat — go grab the newly released free version and prepare to meet up with others for the remaster.
I have always been more of an Age of Empires and Command & Conquer kind of real-time strategy game fan myself. I can appreciate the sci-fi setting of StarCraft; just never gave it a chance. Now that it is free, plus the expansion, I need to rectify that.
Grab StarCraft and The Brood War on the StarCraft website.