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Blizzard Entertainment, the developer behind the highly successful RTS game, StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood Wars, today released patch v1.18 and with it comes a free download of the this classic masterpiece. Yes, free download of the full game!

If you want to download immediately…

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]

What’s New in Patch 1.18?

Here are the interesting updates with this latest patch.

  • Windowed fullscreen or windowed mode added. Use Alt+Enter to switch between these two modes.
  • Unicode (UTF-8) support!
  • “Popular Maps” option added to streamline finding games or game types
  • Observer mode — finally!
  • Replay autosave — finally!
  • Display “actions per minute”, yes, geek stats
  • Added UPnP support
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
  • Improved anticheat capabilities — thank you very much

If you want to check the complete and official Patch Notes, visit the official announcement here.

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