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Original StarCraft won't get the Matchmaking and Ladder features of the remaster

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At the end of March 2017, the original StarCraft and its expansion Brood War went completely free-to-play as the StarCraft Anthology so that everyone can enjoy arguably the best RTS ever created. Last week, Blizzard Entertainment revealed the release date and price of StarCraft: Remastered and in the announcement, explained that those who purchase the remaster will be able to play with those who have the original StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War.

Now we know that StarCraft: Remastered will have new Matchmaking and Ladder systems and as mentioned by Blizzard back in April, the StarCraft Anthology should have had those features as well. Unfortunately, for those who plan to not purchase StarCraft: Remastered but were still excited to play with those who did via the matchmaking system and climb the ladder ranks, we’ve got some bad news.

Blizzard has explained that the Matchmaking and Ladder features won’t be coming to the StarCraft Anthology, stating that:

“We did plan to make Matchmaking and Ladder a feature for both StarCraft: Remastered and the StarCraft Anthology as mentioned in a post by one of our developers in April. That position became untenable over the months of creating, researching, and testing how the system would be used in practical application. As a result, Matchmaking and Ladder are exclusive to Remastered. We believe this is the best way to preserve the integrity of the play experience. We want to encourage a healthy, competitive ecosystem for StarCraft, and this measure will limit griefing of new and lower-level players.” - Source

The Matchmaking feature, especially if it was available to free players as well, would have been so awesome, as it could have revitalised StarCraft: Brood War even further. However, the StarCraft: Remastered price is just 14.99 Euro (R224.25 at the current Euro to Rand exchange rate), so for those like me who plan to play the game for years to come, it shouldn’t be too much of an asking price.

Even so, Blizzard’s Pete Stilwell posed a question and answered it on the forums, which you can read below.

Messaging in the presale suggested you still expect play between StarCraft and Remastered players?

"We have continued to develop features that improve hosting and finding game lobbies. We believe the Matchmaker is a significant addition to the Brood War competitive scene, but that the old ways of finding a matchup with specific game settings is still of great value to this game’s culture. We hope our efforts will lead to a larger playerbase because of the new features, but over time they will learn to love the game even more for the traditions that are being carried forward.” - Source

At the time of writing it is not completely clear if free players will be able to play with those who own StarCraft: Remastered via game lobbies, but it sure sounds that way. Either way, for those who hoped to play for free with the new Matchmaking and Ladder system, the news is very unfortunate.      

What do you think about free StarCraft players not being able to make use of the matchmaking and ladder features? Let us know in the comment section below.


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