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Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment


Original 'StarCraft' And 'Brood War' Expansion Are Now FREE

by Adam Pavlacka on April 18, 2017 @ 3:48 p.m. PDT

Prepare to venture onto the planetary battlefields of the war-torn Koprulu Sector; command the forces of the zerg, protoss, and terrans in their struggle for galactic domination.

StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free. Follow the links here to begin installing: [PC] [Mac]

In addition to the new features and bug fixes and making StarCraft and Brood War free, Version 1.18 sets the stage for the upcoming StarCraft: Remastered upgrade.

This upgrade will include 4K UltraHD graphics, remastered dialog and audio, and a host of other new improvements to StarCraft and Brood War while maintaining the strategic gameplay that has made StarCraft an enduring classic for nearly 20 years. StarCraft: Remastered will be fully compatible with the free StarCraft client, so those who get the upgrade can play with those using the free client.

When patching StarCraft, please use the ‘Run as Admin’ option; it is required during your first client run to migrate saves and avoid issues from Windows system admin changes.

StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes


  • 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
  • Improved UI layout in 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 menus.
  • LAN and Legacy fixes.

Known Issues

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