In an incredible piece of StarCraft perception, some dedicated fans of the space game have turned the first into their own sequel. StarCraft: Mass Recall is a fully playable recreation of StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War, in StarCraft 2, and you can play it all for free.
Version 8.0 of the project was released this week, posted on SC2 Mapster by one of the project managers, Karlprojektorinski, which contains 59 maps from Brood War, three that were somehow removed, and another six that came in a demo from 1998 According to a long-running thread on the Team Liquid forums, all the progression and dialogue from the original StarCraft has been transferred and preserved, but the difficulty curves have been changed to feel more like the modern strategy game experience.
In addition to the core Mass Recall mod, you can download Enslavers Redux, made by OmegaWeaponX modder. Over four episodes and nine maps, Redux builds on the Enslavers campaign for StarCraft, and has new missions, improved heroes and goes deeper into the story leading up to StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Complete instructions, including troubleshooting, can be found on the SC 2 mapster page. These modes are all compatible with any version of StarCraft 2, including the free Starter Edition.
Here is a look at the previous 7.0 version in a trailer for the project, posted last year:
This is the third redux of StarCraft we have seen. In 2017, Blizzard released Starcraft: Remastered, and in 2019, StarCraft: Cartooned, which revised the images to be like a Saturday morning cartoon, in collaboration with Carbot Animations.
Blizzard has said that it is slowing down the development of StarCraft 2 to make room for the next chapter of the series. We spoke with the company earlier this year about the central release which was 10 years, and all the trials and tribulations therein.