has announced plans to bring new updates to their real-time strategy game release StarCraft and its add-on pack, StarCraft: Brood War. The new updates will make the games run in Carbonized form, enabling users to play the games natively using Mac OS X version 10.1 and later.
StarCraft and Brood War have both been out for a while — both the game and the expansion pack significantly pre-date Blizzard’s most recent major releases for the Mac, Diablo II and its expansion pack, Lord of Destruction.
Regardless of the game’s relative age, StarCraft is still enormously popular. The game has proven especially prolific with online gamers who can go head to head as Terran, Protoss or Zerg species as they fight to dominate hostile alien environments by acquiring resources and building weapons, research facilities, factories and more.
Both Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction are, for the moment, still designed for older versions of Mac OS. No specific news about Blizzard’s plans to Carbonize those titles was available as MacCentral went to press with this article. Blizzard’s next game scheduled for release is Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
Blizzard spokesperson Beau Yarbrough indicated in a recent statement to Mac news resources that the OS X patches for StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War will be “available this fall.” More specific information about availability and distribution were unavailable. MacCentral will bring more details to light as they become available.