Not content to provide just one graphical overhaul for the 1998 classic StarCraft, last month publisher Blizzard released StarCraft: Cartooned, a second remaster that presents the seminal RTS in an adorable 2D aesthetic. A collaboration between Blizzard and YouTube animators Carbot Animations, the project began in mid-2018, with Carbot drawing and animating every frame of the recreation from the ground up.
The undertaking was a daunting one for the fledgling animation studio. It had contributed art to various Blizzard releases, including Heroes of the Storm, but Cartooned was a project on a new scale. Carbot rose to the occasion, of course, reimagining StarCraft history in a fun way for players new and old – and further inspiring the outfit to produce a game of its own someday.
“Blizzard picked us up right away – it was just me at the time – and they featured us on their website,” Carbot Animation founder Jonathan Burton tells me. “It happened really quick; in the first month we had 25,000 subscribers, and from there we just kept growing.”