‘StarCraft’ For Windows 7, 8 & 10 Now Available For Free; Version 1.18 Brings Improved Anti-Cheat, Automated Patching Systems

By Mia P. , Updated Apr 07, 2017 07:52 AM EDT

Game developer Blizzard is sharing the original "StarCraft." Gamers can now download the non-HD version of the game for their Windows 7,8 and 10 PCs. Another best thing about "Starcraft" is it's free for everyone.

It was previously announced that a remastered version will come out sometime this summer. At the same time, it was also made known that the studio will offer an updated version of the game that paved the wave to competitive computer gaming to the public at no extra charge, DSO Gaming reported.

Blizzard also took the time to update "StarCraft" to version 1.18. This contains a better anti-cheat system and an automated patching feature. The online multiplayer mode will also be able to connect to the revamped Battle.net, as well as an improved compatibility with newer versions of Windows operating system such as version 8, 8.1 and 10. The game clocks in at about 1.5 GB and is still considered small in size compared to other modern games.

Additionally, the game will also feature a windowed and full-screen windowed mode, observer mode, key bind options, and a less sluggish multiplayer response time. Opponent information is also viewable upon joining a game lobby, auto saving for replays, available game timer and several more, according to Extreme Tech.

Bug fixes in the latest non-HD "StarCraft" version include Valkyrie firing missiles regardless of population size, Dragoon not freezing when issuing a new order and color palette issue with Kerrigan. LAN game discovers an issue, LAN and Legacy Battle.net issues, and a few more were also fixed.

Gamers opting to try the online multiplayer mode of the game could experience lags during gameplay, depending on the players' location. This can be attributed to the server used for the game, which is Public Test Realm (PTR) located in California. A smoother online experience can be expected in the near future.

"StarCraft" and its expansion pack "StarCraft: Brood War" is completely free to download as of March 30th. Watch a short comparison video of the original and the remastered version here:


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