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Original Starcraft/Brood War Now Free, Patch 1.18 Releases

by - 1 year ago

As was recently announced, the original Starcraft and its Brood War expansion are going free-to-play with today’s release of Patch 1.18. While this lays the groundwork for the release of Starcraft: Remastered this summer, there’s also a number of long-awaited QoL improvements being made to the original game.

Highlights of today’s patch include the following:

  • Observer mode
  • Option for APM display
  • Improved compatibility with modern Windows/Mac operating systems
  • Autosaving for replays

Remember that this update of SC will have the same underlying engine as SC:R, meaning replays that you create while playing today’s version of SC will still be replayable in SC:R when it releases.

Check out the complete patch notes below, and relive some old-school nostalgia while we all wait for the remastered hotness.

StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes

4 hours ago | Blizzard Entertainment

Note: 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

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

[PC] [Mac]


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

Known Issues

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