Evolution Complete! Blizzard Entertainment Announces StarCraft®: Remastered

The groundbreaking sci-fi real-time strategy game remastered in 4K
Ultra High Definition, to include all content from the original
award-winning game and its renowned expansion, StarCraft: Brood War
®.


StarCraft: Remastered maintains the gameplay and balance that set the
standard for the RTS genre, while updating graphics and audio, and
adding matchmaking, ladder, social features, and more!

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#starcraft–One of the highest rated, most celebrated games of all time has
evolved. Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled StarCraft®:
Remastered
, a reverently crafted modernization of the original
award-winning real-time strategy game. StarCraft: Remastered will
offer a full graphical overhaul of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft:
Brood War
® expansion, while preserving the
sublime gameplay that captivated millions of gamers around the world and
served as the foundation for professional global esports.

StarCraft is a pure distillation of Blizzard’s DNA—its story,
its balance, and all the little details reflect our long-running
commitment to epic entertainment, and it’s been a staple in competitive
gaming and esports for almost 20 years,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and
cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With StarCraft: Remastered,
we’re modernizing the original game’s visuals, audio, and online support
to ensure that players can enjoy StarCraft for another 20 years
and beyond.”

The remastered graphics and audio will bring a modern look and feel to
the timeless classic, with widescreen UHD support for up to 4K
resolution. Other updates will include new illustrations to enhance
storytelling in the StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War
campaign missions; advanced matchmaking; full connectivity to Blizzard’s
gaming network for social features and updates; cloud saving for
campaign progress, custom maps, replays, and keybinds; support for eight
new languages in addition to the original five; and more. While these
improvements will bring StarCraft to the modern era, gameplay and
balance have been precisely preserved, for an experience that will feel
identical to veteran players.

Blizzard is developing StarCraft: Remastered for release on
Windows® and Mac® PCs, with an anticipated release
date this summer. Pricing and related information on StarCraft:
Remastered
will be announced at a later date. Prepare to venture
once again onto the planetary battlefields of the war-torn Koprulu
Sector; command the forces of the zerg, protoss, and terrans in their
struggle for galactic domination; relive the epic saga of Marshal Jim
Raynor, Kerrigan, and Praetor Fenix; or just vie for the GG against
fellow players in this rejuvenated version of the online competitive RTS
that set the bar for an entire genre.

Learn more at www.starcraft.com.

In preparation for StarCraft: Remastered, Blizzard Entertainment
will update StarCraft: Brood War later this week to version 1.18.
The update will include bug fixes and improvements, including the
ability to rebind keys; observer mode; modern anti-cheat measures;
compatibility improvements for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10; and more. Once
the update is live, StarCraft Anthology, which includes the
original game and the Brood War expansion, will be free to
download and play.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®,
Hearthstone®, Overwatch®, the Warcraft®,
StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the
multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment,
Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes twenty-one #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year
awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is
one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution
partners.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking
Statements
: Information in this press release that involves
Blizzard Entertainment’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies
regarding the future, including statements about StarCraft: Remastered,
are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number
of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Blizzard
Entertainment’s actual future results to differ materially from those
expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release
include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the
risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report
on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The
forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information
available to Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Blizzard as of the
date of this release, and neither Blizzard Entertainment nor Activision
Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may
ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of
the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment or Activision Blizzard
and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which
are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially
from current expectations.

Contacts

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Rob Hilburger, 949.242.8404
VP,
Global Communications
rhilburger@blizzard.com
or
Andrew
Reynolds, 949.955.1380×14301
Global PR Director
areynolds@blizzard.com
or
Bob
Colayco, 949.955.1380 x14198
PR Manager
bcolayco@blizzard.com