There’s a not-so-confirmed rumor going around that Blizzard will be announcing a Brood War HD remaster during Blizzcon. This rumor has been starting up hype-trains left and right including mine. I never played BW and I would really want to check out the single player. With that said, it’s leaving me a little bit worried particularly towards the future of Starcraft II.
Blizzard has been actively supporting Starcraft II. The weekly Community Feedback threads does a lot to communicate the active development process even beyond Legacy of the Void. The constant stream of DLCs (Nova Ops, Co-op commanders) alongside really cool updates to the base game (co-op mutations, emotes) is really appreciated.
My worries are more centered towards how the general gaming public will be perceiving this move by Blizz. It’s bad enough that Starcraft II is known as dedgaem. It’s not really dead. It has never even died in the first place. What really happened was that Starcraft II was once top dog of the eSports world and now it’s not, as with all other popular games. People are just really suffering a bad case of schadenfreude. As a result people thought SC2 is dead, contributing to the decline of the playerbase.
So on one hand you get people who inexplicably loves to jump on Starcraft II’s health, and on the other, Blizzard possible announcing a Brood War HD. Can you imagine the circus? A Brood War HD remaster announcement would appear as a sign of giving up on SC2 and going back to Brood War. Not to mention the elitist BW crowd who would love nothing more than to see SC2 die. People who are potentially going to be interested in SC2 will be put-off. While you and I know that that is far from the truth, it wouldn’t matter if it’s the truth or not. Memes are effective. Memes hurt SC2 before, memes could hurt SC2 again.
I really love SC2. I didn’t like Brood War’s clunkiness then and I wouldn’t like it now, even with modern graphics. It could be a better game objectively but I don’t see myself playing it. What I would love to see is Blizzard using BW HD to get people to check out SC2 too. Perhaps a free SC2 multiplayer ladder code that goes alongside every BW HD purchase alongside a multiplayer-only client?
To be fair, we don’t even know it the rumor is true. For all we know, it could just be a patch to the old BW to make it compatible on modern systems like what they did with Warcraft III. That said, I trust that Blizzard knows what they are doing.