StarCraft 20th anniversary

StarCraft turns 20 years old on 31 March 2018, can you believe it? To celebrate this milestone, Blizzard Entertainment will be releasing a series of streams and exclusive in-game giveaways.

Polygon reports that the celebration goodies will extend to all of Blizzard’s active games, with skins and in-game rewards for Diablo 3, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft 2, StarCraft: Remastered and World of Warcraft.

Blizzard also plans to host an anniversary stream on 30 and 31 March, featuring popular StarCraft personalities on Twitch.

On March 31, expect to see a video feature on YouTube entitled StarCraft is Life: A Celebration, featuring StarCraft’s biggest fans.

StarCraft 20th anniversary

Here’s what’s in store for players and fans for the 20th anniversary celebration:

  • StarCraft: Remastered — Log in to StarCraft: Remastered after March 6 to receive a commemorative 20th Anniversary UI Skin for StarCraft: Remastered.

  • StarCraft 2 — Log in to StarCraft 2 after March 6 to receive a special UI Skin for each race. Additionally, log in between March 6 and April 3 to receive a Portrait and Decal.

  • Diablo 3 — Log in to Diablo 3 after March 6 to receive Dominion’s Revenge, a fearsome Battlecruiser-themed Pet.

  • Overwatch — Log in to Overwatch between March 6 and April 3 to receive the Sarah Kerrigan Ghost skin for Widowmaker.

  • World of Warcraft — Between March 31 and April 6, salute one of the following StarCraft-themed companion pets — Zergling, Grunty, Mini Thor, Baneling, or Zeradar — to receive the “Salute to StarCraft” Feat of Strength.

  • Heroes of the Storm — Log in to Heroes of the Storm between March 27 and April 7 to receive a 20th Anniversary Portrait for Protoss, Terran and Zerg.

  • Hearthstone — Play a StarCraft-inspired Tavern Brawl between March 21 and 25 to receive three Kobolds & Catacombs packs.

The original StarCraft was first released in 1998 on Windows, then later on Mac OS (1999) and Nintendo 64 (2000), using a modified Warcraft II game engine. It quickly became the best-selling PC game for the year, selling 1.5 million copies worldwide. In the next decade, it sold over 9.5 million copies globally.

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Blizzard released the official sequel StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for Windows and Mac OS X in 2010. Over the course of five years, the games publisher released a three-part expansion pack: Heart of Swarm (2013), Legacy of the Void (2015) and Nova Covert Ops (2016).

In 2017, Blizzard announced StarCraft: Remastered, a remastered version of its classic, with updated graphics, revised dialogue and audio.

Later, StarCraft and the Brood War expansion was made free to download and play from Blizzard’s website.

 

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