Starcraft 2 to Be a Trilogy: Bilzzard

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News Posted: Sat, Oct 11 2008 2:42 PM

Rob Pardo, executive vice-president of game design at Blizzard announced at BlizzCon 2008 that they realized during the design of Starcraft 2 that the campaign was becoming so large, they faced the choice of delaying the game or scaling it back. Instead, the campaign version of the game will be a trilogy, with each part focusing on a separate race. The trilogy will be, in this order:
  • Terrans - Wings of Liberty
  • Zerg - Heart of the Swarm
  • Protoss - Legacy of the Void

No pricing or release details were announced. However, each game is promised to have 26-30 missions, and a self-contained story. Pardo added that while to some the last two chapters may feel like expansion packs, the company will not skimp on content.
"We really want them to feel like standalone products."
As the original game had 30 missions, if they keep their promise on the number of missions, length-wise, these would definitely be the length of a regular game, not expansions. Still, we will miss being able to play the other two races in the first release. 

And if they're priced at the typical "blockbuster game" price that seems to hover in the $60 range, we'll be annoyed at that.

Meanwhile, while we pine for a release date, here are some new trailers released at BlizzCon.

Protoss vs. Terrans:

Zerg vs. Terrans:

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shanewu replied on Sat, Oct 11 2008 5:45 PM

Any idea if Blizzard is going to license SC2 at all similar to how SC was licensed (I'm referring to the spawn installs for network play that you were allowed to do)? I'm seriously doubting it will be the same as SC, but they'd deserve big-time props if they brought that license back in this DRM-saturated world.

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If they are $50 each I will most likely only buy one, unless they are really really good.

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Super Dave replied on Sun, Oct 12 2008 12:14 AM

With great disappointment my son Robert told me about this trilogy yesterday. A trilogy of Starcraft2 = 3 paydays for Blizzard, right?! Robert only makes $8.10 an hour working for the local Ralphs Grocery store, so he will be hard-hit to purchase the trilogy. Super Rob is predicting that many will torrent this thing, just like SPORE!Surprise

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Oct 13 2008 1:01 PM

I'm afraid you might have something there regarding the pricing, Bob.

>> "We really want them to feel like standalone products." <<

could very well be marketspeak for: "We really want the expansion packs to be priced like standalone products."

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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Grahf replied on Mon, Oct 13 2008 1:15 PM

Keep in mind the original Starcraft was much the same way. About 30 missions in the original and the same in Brood Wars. A game like that which stays in the competitive gaming scene for well over a decade (the original is STILL having tournaments) is well worth the money. I am really wondering what sort of unit differences there will be between the releases. This could be annoying in a competitive environment to have 3 different flavors.

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