If you’re an avid fan of Blizzard Entertainment’s popular real-time strategy game StarCraft, you may be interested in a new update now in circulation — version 1.0.8b.
StarCraft is the sci-fi-based real-time strategy game from the makers of Warcraft and Diablo. In StarCraft, you assume the identity of one of several different spacefaring species — Terran (human), Protoss, and Zerg — as you and your minions go forth and attempt to dominate the surface of alien worlds by harvesting resources, building factories, vehicles and units, and accomplishing various mission directives. Each species sports unique capabilities, technology and attributes. In addition to an extensive 30-mission single-player game, StarCraft incorporates support for multiplayer gaming via Battle.net, Blizzard’s own free online gaming service.
The new patch is available both for StarCraft and its expansion pack, Brood War. StarCraft and Brood War were available separately, and they have also been combined into the StarCraft Battle Chest.
Changes in version 1.0.8b are as follows:
As MacCentral went to press with this article, the 1.0.8b patch was only available for download by launching StarCraft and connecting to the Battle.net service itself. (StarCraft can be automatically updated via Battle.net.)
A separate, downloadable standalone updater was not yet ready, though Blizzard indicated that one will be released to the company’s FTP site soon.
Please visit the Blizzard Web site for more details.