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Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty to hit stores this summer

Blizzard announced that the much anticipated sequel to it’s mega-popular Starcraft will indeed be in stores this summer.  As a matter of fact, it will street on July 27th, 2010. According to Mike Morhaime;

“We’ve been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we’re excited that the time for that is almost here,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Thanks to our beta testers, we’re making great progress on the final stages of development, and we’ll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net® in just a few months.”

It will be interesting to see if this catches on to the same degree as the original 1998 (yes it really has been 12 years) release did.  I’m also going to be very interested in how the “new Battle.net” works out.  It’s going to have a huge impact, since it will be used by both the sure-t0-be-massive Starcraft base and the already large World of Warcraft players.  It has the potential to be a very rough day for Blizzard technically.  Almost as impactful as their sales will be.

Are you going to get Starcraft II?

2 Comments

  1. I believe I read that South Korea is making the release day an actual national holiday and there are many companies that are allowing their workers to have the day off. Of course over there it is like football…..odd

  2. I’m certain that it will do even better than the original StarCraft did back in 1998, because I’ve participated in the beta and it’s a great game. It’s easily the best multiplayer RTS since… well… StarCraft.

    There is one caveat however and that is the new Battle.Net system. It lacks features of the original Battle.Net like chatrooms, lan support, region switching and password protected custom games. And there’s no way to see how you stack up against everyone else. My 2v2 team was ranked #1 in Gold league during beta, but so were hundreds of other 2v2 teams and there’s no way to see which of these 2v2 teams is the best in the entire Gold league.

    That being said, the new friend system does work well. RealIDs do call for using Blizzard Authenticators if you don’t want to run increased risk of account theft, but the system seems to work fine, so I don’t expect any problems with the new implementation for WoW.

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