Blizzard has sent word via its official StarCraft Twitter account that StarCraft Remastered will launch at 1:00 pm Pacific / 4:00 pm Eastern, a two-hour delay from the HD upgrade's originally scheduled launch. "Our deployment is taking longer than initially expected and our current estimate for #SCR launch is 1pm PDT," per the tweet. Thank you for your patience!"
Earlier this summer, Blizzard Entertainment announced StarCraft Remastered, an HD upgrade to its classic real-time strategy game. StarCraft Remastered is available for pre-order for $14.99, and will release on Monday, August 14, at 11:00am Pacific / 2:00pm Eastern.
StarCraft Remastered requires the original versions of StarCraft and its 1998 expansion pack, Brood War, to play. Fortunately, you can get both games for free--bundled together as StarCraft Anthology--from Blizzard's website. Download the PC or Mac version and install the game so you're ready to rumble with the Terran, Zerg, and Protoss races when the game unlocks.
Originally released in 1998, StarCraft innovated in the then-booming RTS space by introducing three unique races, each with its own set of units, special abilities, and upgrade paths. StarCraft was a huge step forward for the RTS genre, and for Blizzard, whose previous WarCraft: Orcs & Humans and WarCraft II games had featured Human and Orc races that weren't too different from one another until the late-game stage.
WIth StarCraft Remastered, Blizzard has widely opted not to fix when isn't broken by leaving the game's balance--honed over 19 years of play by casual and professional players alike--intact. The HD upgrade will offer modern trappings such as the ability to zoom in and out of the battlefield; motion-comic interludes that set the stage for missions in the campaigns of StarCraft and Brood War; and the main attractions, remastered audio and 4K visuals. The game will be integrated into Blizzard's new Battle.net online service, recently renamed Blizzard