When Blizzard announced StarCraft Remastered a few weeks ago, company CEO Mike Morhaime also mentioned that the original StarCraft and Brood War would become free with the expansion's next patch.
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 almost 20 years. The patch 1.18 download also sports a handful of new features, including windowed mode, a better online game search engine, and improved response times during multiplayer battles.
Blizzard Entertainment released Patch 1.18 for Starcraft and its Brood War expansion on Wednesday, April 19, making the classic real-time strategy game free for everyone to download and play on PC and Mac.
The original StarCraft launched back in March 1998, at least in North America, while Brood War followed in November. The full patch notes can be read on the StarCraft blog. Aside from the game becoming free, the patch mainly includes UI enhancements and improved compatibility with modern operating systems. Blizzard notes that there is one known issue at the moment: "the profile section is now unavailable".
To make it easier to multitask with Starcraft, the game has added windowed fullscreen and windowed mode, which you can easier switch between by pressing Alt+Enter.