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Would You Want a StarCraft Brood War HD Remake?

by - 3 months ago

Blizzard announced an upcoming “I <3 StarCraft” event that will take place next week on March 25th in Korea. The even will feature President and CEO (and likely biggest StarCraft esports fan) Mike Morhaime presenting and giving thanks to all the fans.

The event will feature some Brood War show matches against legendary players and then end the day with the StarCraft 2 GSL finals.

However, this event seems to have a lot of people up in a frenzy that we could possibly be hearing an announcement of the StarCraft Brood War HD remake. This has been popular speculation for a while now (with many thinking one would be announced last BlizzCon) and the rumor had existed even well before that. Recently there was a report that it’s in the process of being made, would be announced sometime in the next few weeks and see a release in the next few months. If this happened this would be the first time since the BlizzCon era that Blizzard will have announced a game and not have it playable at a BlizzCon before it’s release (outside of the obvious Hearthstone expansions).

So should you get excited and get your hopes up next week? Not so fast my friends. There hasn’t been anything “leaked” about the remake that is even close to being a legitimate source. So far these rumors have been coming from fans who are basically wishing this to come true enough that they are creating their own hype around it. I have a feeling there will be a lot of very upset people this next week.

Would Blizzard even benefit from doing a HD remake? I make the same argument when it comes to Diablo 2. Why would Blizzard spend their time on nostalgia when they could spend their time on future games? HD remakes aren’t even close to being as profitable as what a new game would be. It would take someone at Blizzard who would put their career on the line to stop whatever they are doing and say “this is the best thing right now that I could be focusing on for Blizzard” to make it happen – and I feel like that is quite the risky maneuver. Not to mention all of the updates you would have to make to tie in an HD remake with the new Battle.net launcher and chat system to try and mimic what Battle.net 1.0 does with the current game.

Personally, I don’t see it happening.

However, people who want it to happen are currently pointing to the fact that you can no longer buy StarCraft on the battle.net store (it’s listed as temporarily sold out). To them, I say it’s more likely we’re going to see that game become a free download for all and it will move to the classic section of battle.net (much the same way Lost Vikings, Blackthorne, and Rock N’ Roll Racing currently are).

I could be wrong though and this wouldn’t be the first time. How much do you want a StarCraft Brood War HD remake?

You can read the full details of the upcoming event below:

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

Blizzard Entertainment is pleased to announce the ‘I <3 StarCraft’ event — a token of our appreciation for all our passionate fans around the globe — taking place on March 25 live in Korea, the capital of StarCraft. President and CEO Mike Morhaime will be on hand to extend his personal thanks to this amazing community.

The event will start at 2:00 p.m., and will include various on- and off-stage activities throughout, as well as a StarCraft: Brood War show match featuring four legendary players. At 7:00 p.m., the Global StarCraft League (GSL) finals will commence, and two of the world’s best StarCraft II players will duke it out for the title of GSL Champion.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the event — there will be an English stream available, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the event online and share your Koprulu sector stories with us and all the StarCraft fans around the globe!


Event Details

Part 1: THE LEGEND

Since its release in 1998, StarCraft has been weaving your past and present together: 19 years of fond memories within the Koprulu Sector — playing StarCraft with friends or at LAN parties, discussing strategies, practicing your micro and macro, and watching the rise of the new heroes we cheer for in tournaments, LANs, and BarCrafts — has elevated StarCraft to an experience that every generation can share and enjoy together, even all these years later. Your continued passion, support, and dedication are the reason StarCraft has become so much more than just a game.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this happen and celebrate StarCraft’s 19th anniversary together.

Organizer

  • Blizzard Entertainment

Location

  • COEX Auditorium – Seoul, South Korea

Major Activities

  • StarCraft Celebration Event (March 25 10:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. PDT)
  • StarCraft: Brood War Legends showmatch (March 25 11:00 p.m. – March 26 1:30 a.m. PDT)
    • Format
      • Semifinals Round 1: Jaedong (Z) vs. Stork (P) – Best of one
      • Semifinals Round 2: Flash (T) vs. Bisu (P) – Best of one
      • Finals Round 1 Winner vs. Round 2 Winner – Best of three
    • Total Prize Pool: ₩ 20,000,000 (~$17,438 USD)
      • 1st Place: ₩ 10,000,000 (~$8,719 USD)
      • 2ndPlace: ₩ 5,000,000 (~$4,360 USD)
      • Tied 3rdPlace: ₩ 2,500,000 (~$2,180 USD) each

Talent

English:

  • Commentator: Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott
  • Commentator: Dan ‘Artosis’ Stemkoski

Korean:

  • Commentator: Park Sanghyun
  • Commentator: Lim Sungchoon
  • Commentator: Lee Seungwon

Streams

The entire event, including the StarCraft: Brood War Legends showmatch, will be streamed LIVE on the below platforms:


Part 2: GSL FINALS

soO, the winner of the first semifinal matchup, will go head to head with the victor of the semifinals scheduled for this Saturday. Fans are sure to be treated to a spectacular match as soO will battle it out with either Stats or Ryung for the title of GSL Champion. On March 26, the best of the best will lift the championship trophy in front of the roaring crowd.

Organizer

  • AfreecaTV

Location

  • COEX Auditorium – Seoul, South Korea

Date & Time

  • GSL Season 1 Grand Finals: March 26 03:00 a.m. – 06:00 a.m. PDT)
    • soO (Z) vs. Semifinals Round 2 winner

Talent

English:

  • Commentator: Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott
  • Commentator: Dan ‘Artosis’ Stemkoski

Korean:

  • Commentator: Park Sanghyun
  • Commentator: Lim Sungchoon
  • Commentator: Lee Seungwon

Streams

Prizing

  • 1st place: ₩ 40,000,000 (~$35,580 USD), 4,000 WCS KR points and a WCS Global Finals Seed
  • 2nd place: ₩ 15,000,000 (~$12,590 USD) and 2,800 WCS KR points


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JR has been writing for fan sites since 2000 and has been doing Blizzard Exclusive fansites since 2003. He helped co-found BlizzPro in 2013. You can hear JR every week talk about Hearthstone on the Well Met Podcast published on iTunes.