New StarCraft graphics pack turns the entire game into a cartoon

StarCraft: Remastered is about to get a dramatic new look. Carbot, the animation team that has worked with Blizzard on a bunch of parody cartoons for StarCraft, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft, is bringing its cartoonish style to StarCraft: Remastered with an official graphics pack.

Carbot’s StarCrafts graphics pack — named for the longrunning animation series of the same name — will be available for StarCraft: Remastered on July 10. It’s a “complete overhaul of all the graphics in the game,” Carbot said in an announcement video. It’s an official graphics pack that will alter visuals for gameplay, mission briefings, menus … “everything,” according to Carbot. The graphics pack will be available game-wide, in ladder matches, custom games, Arcade, and the campaign.

“It feels like a brand-new game,” Carbot said in the preview video above. “It’s weird how a simple graphics change makes the game feel completely new and different.

“The cool thing too is it’s especially good for kids. It’s super kid-friendly now. It’s also a really good time to go back and play the campaign, because now you get to play with hilarious graphics and the mission briefings … it’s hard to take seriously because they look like a bunch of goofballs.”

Pricing for the graphics pack was not announced, but we’ve reached out to Blizzard for more details.

StarCraft: Remastered was released in August 2017. The game is a “full graphical upgrade” of the 1998 original and its expansion, Brood War. StarCraft: Remastered features widescreen high-definition visuals — up to 4K resolution — as well as higher fidelity music and sound. Other new features, including matchmaking, leaderboards, cloud saves for campaign progress, hotkey customization, and game replays, were also added to the classic real-time strategy game.

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