It’s OFFICIAL: Starcraft II Releasing July 27, 2010
I logged in my RSS reader, hit the gaming tab and lo and behold, Blizzard has announced the OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE for Starcraft II.
The magical date? July 27, 2010.
Yes guys. Blzzard has announced an official release date for Starcraft II. And no, you’re not dreaming this 🙂
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment says“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. 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.”
That means you’ll be able to play the official BETA (and the offline BETA if you’re a real cheapskate) for a couple of more months before the real thing. See you on Battle.Net perhaps? 🙂
Below is the full press release:
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that its highly anticipated real-time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, will arrive in stores throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau starting on July 27, 2010. Players will also be able to purchase StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty directly from Blizzard Entertainment shortly after the retail launch.
“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.”
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s 1998 hit StarCraft, which has been hailed by players and critics worldwide as one of the top real-time strategy games of all time. Sporting a vibrant 3D-graphics engine, StarCraft II will once again center on the clash between the protoss, terrans, and zerg, with each side deploying legions of veteran, upgraded, and new unit types. Unparalleled online play for StarCraft II will be available through a new version of Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s world-renowned gaming service. Battle.net has been redesigned from the ground up to be the premier online gaming destination for Blizzard gamers, with several enhancements and new features, such as voice communication, cloud file storage, leagues and ladders, achievements, stat-tracking, and more.
The solo campaign for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will continue the epic saga where it left off in StarCraft: Brood War. The story line chronicles the exploits of marshal-turned-rebel-leader Jim Raynor and features both familiar faces and new heroes. Players will be able to tailor the experience, choosing their own mission path and selecting technology and research upgrades to suit their playing style throughout the 29-mission campaign. Several challenge-mode mini-games will also be included, with focused goals designed to ease players into the basics of multiplayer strategies.
Pricing for Starcraft II is as follows:
Standard Retail version :$59.99
Collector’s Edition: $99.99, Starcraft II which includes the game, an exclusive 2GB flash drive, the offical game soundtrack and exclusive downloadable content.
Think the price is too steep? Too bad because you’re going to pay that three times over for the full story of SC 2. If you haven’t heard, it’s meant to be a trilogy. For us fans though, that’s a bitter pill we can readily and willingly swallow 🙂Tags: Starcraft II