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Old 10-10-2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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Starcraft II Now A Trilogy


Starcraft fans, begin hording pennies and patience now. Blizzard announced today at Blizzcon that Starcraft 2 will essentially be a trilogy: one stand-alone game each for the Terran, Zerg and Protoss factions.

The first Starcraft II game will be Terran: Wings of Liberty, where you'll play as the human forces. The second iteration will be Zerg: Heart of Swarm with the last being Protoss: Legend of the Void. Each game will also have slightly different play styles, with the Terran game being pure RTS, the Zerg game having RPG elements, and the Protoss game incorporating diplomacy.

Each game will have 26-30 missions, and Blizzard assures fans that they won't be doing cliffhangers: each game will have it's own real story and a full, satisfying ending. But yes, they will each be a separate purchase and apparently on a staggered release schedule.

Sources - 1UP; Shacknews
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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While you're at it, watch these two videos of the game from Blizzcon.




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Old 10-10-2008, 07:04 PM   #3
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Wow, just wow. Talk about exploitation of a franchise. Even for Blizzard this seems weak.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:06 PM   #4
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How will MP work?
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I saw this and this is really really stupid. Not that StarCraft II or anything Blizzard really appeals to me any more since WoW came into existence...
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:08 PM   #6
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How will MP work?
They're going to charge a dollar per click!

Honestly? I have no idea. I assume you'll be able to play MP with all of the factions with only one disc, but I don't know for sure.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:08 PM   #7
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This was a first day purchase. Now I won't buy any of them.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:09 PM   #8
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Starcraft has three campaigns that are each about 8-10 missions long. It isn't a very large drop in content at all. I am actually glad they are going this route because that means that there will be more Starcraft 2 content!

Of course, if they decide to be pricks and make each game full priced, and just different campaigns in place of each other, that is just rude.
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How will MP work?
I've read that you can use all the races regardless of which and how many of Starcraft II you buy. Not sure if it's real or not, but that would be even worse if it were any other way.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:11 PM   #10
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Seriously. That means that these games will run you - minimum - $150. Because you know they're not going to release them cheap just because there are three of them. I hope to God this isn't Activision's doing. If we find out it is, the entire nation of South Korea may invade their HQ in protest.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:11 PM   #11
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This is sort of weak. The beauty of Starcraft is(was?) the fact that you could play with any race at the outset. Now they're taking that away and the first disc is going to be the effing Terrans...

Whatevs. My computer probably can't handle this anyway, so it's not like I am suddenly not going to buy it.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:20 PM   #12
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As long as full MP is there...will most care? I personally like SP, so if the initial release feels enough like a full game on its own, I won't have a problem buying the others.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:26 PM   #13
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Starcraft II just became the new Pokemon.
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26-30 Missions each is a lot guys. And it's Blizzard so take a wait and see approach before bringing out the pitchforks.
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26-30 Missions each is a lot guys. And it's Blizzard so take a wait and see approach before bringing out the pitchforks.
It depends on who made the decision. If it was Activision, it's going to smell bad right from the start. Then there's the issue of pricing, which seems quite strange for an RTS. StarCraft II doesn't deserve this.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:37 PM   #16
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It depends on who made the decision. If it was Activision, it's going to smell bad right from the start. Then there's the issue of pricing, which seems quite strange for an RTS. StarCraft II doesn't deserve this.
It's all about pricing. How much would people here pay for 80-90 missions set over 3 campaigns?

I figure I could pay $120 Australian. Any more than that they would be stretching my wallet and love for all things Blizzard.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:47 PM   #17
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Why are people thinking Activision has anything to do with this? Blizzard runs its own ship without oversight regardless of the Activision Blizzard merger. I thought this had been covered before.

Or do we just want to blame Activision because we're shocked Blizzard could think to pull such a thing?

It is also sounding like they might be priced less, more of an expansion type of system. I would guess the Terran one may be a prerequisite whether you decide to buy the others or not.
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Heh. I wonder if they are going to release an expansion for each of the three versions of the game. ;0)

Unfortunately due to the popularity of both the developer and the franchise, they can justify absolutely any price for the separate campaigns. Sad but true. Not that I was ever interested in StarCraft II, however, I am just waiting for the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War sequel.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:53 PM   #19
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the price point will make or brake this idea... if the price point is good relative to the content than i'll be happy. In that i won't mind paying more for all 3 than i would for one game IF all 3 have more content than i would have gotten in just one game.... so i'm sitting on the side lines until the price comes out
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:58 PM   #20
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For an IP that's been sitting on the shelf for a while, they sure seem to have decided to milk it now that they've taken it off of that shelf...
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