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StarCraft II – Blog: Part Three

StarCraft II – Blog: Part Three

StarCraft II: Blog Part One
In part 2 of this blog I talked about my experience playing as Terran in the beta and about how the new Real.ID system is likely to impact both StarCraft and World of Warcraft players. In this post I wanted to talk a little about the, as yet unseen, single player campaign and what we can expect when they game is launched on the 27th of July.

When we last left the world of StarCraft in "Brood War" the Zerg reigned supreme with the Terran Dominion defeated and the Zerg laying claim to the Protoss home world of Aiur. Lead by Sarah Kerrigan the so-called "Queen of Blades", a former Terran Ghost who was infested by the Zerg, the Zerg had all but destroyed the United Earth Directorate fleet. However Kerrigan did not press home her advantage and instead the Zerg vanished into the darkness of space.

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At the recent Blizzard press event attended by GamingHeaven we learned that the story picks up 4 years after the events told in StarCraft: Brood Wars with Zerg forces, once again led by Kerrigan, returning to finish the job they started. With the onslaught of a new Zerg invasion unleashed upon the universe its down to us to turn the tide and win the day for the Terran Dominion.

So what do we know in addition to this? Well, after 5 years of weaving a never ending tale in the World of Warcraft, Blizzard has a truck load of knowledge about pulling together an enthralling and engaging storyline. At the press event we learned that rather than just jumping from one mission to the next with simple cut scenes to move the story along, StarCraft 2 will allow the player to explore the Hyperion, the mercenary star ship run by Jim Raynor.

Players will be able to interact with NPCs onboard the Hyperion, learning more about the Zerg invasion, gaining valuable information on the world around them and finding new missions to undertake. Players will be able to visit the Cantina where they can mingle with the scum of the universe and hire new cannon fodder for future missions or they can take a trip to the Armoury to choose upgrades on the standard units available in the game.

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These new touches will no doubt add great depth and flavour to a world already rich in history and back story. While the additional elements available in single player campaigns will not translate into competitive online play it should make those solo missions against the Zerg that much more intense.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how Blizzard tells the Terran story in Wings of Liberty. Not having played the original StarCraft games I hope that a certain amount of back story is covered so that the new player will understand the current state of the universe and why it’s so important to beat back the Zerg.

One positive sign that Blizzard intend to fully engage their audience is that they have been running a Terran Dominion recruitment site for a number of weeks now. Visitors to the site who undertake the entrance exam or ‘like’ the site via Facebook are opening new propaganda items, such as Posters or mp3 sound clips. The content available is currently 49% unlocked and while I suspect they will continue to unlock items until the game is released in July it is a fun site with some cool items to look at and competitions to enter. Check it out at Dominion (EU) or Dominion (US).

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Speaking of the game launch, on the 27th of July two versions will be available, a standard edition and a collectors edition. This is the retail model that Blizzard has used since the release of the World of Warcraft and each of its expansions. The collectors edition at almost double the price of the standard edition may seem pricey for a PC game however expect this to be a much sought after item (which is why Ive had my copy on pre-order since it was announced Grin!). It is normal for the collectors editions to be limited and to go quickly as hardcore Blizzard fans tend to be very loyal and will go to extreme lengths to obtain the unique and limited items available. You just have to look at how quickly tickets sell for BlizzCon, Blizzards annual fan event held in Anaheim, to see how much fans love this company. People even travel from all over the world to attend the venue without having a ticket to attend the actual event itself.

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So, since the 7th of June, when the beta closed it has been a lean time for those lucky enough to have been involved. While Blizzard put the finishing touches on game balance and polishes up the servers, the community has been chewing its fingernails and counting down the minutes until launch. Rumours abound that Blizzard might open up the beta again ahead of the final retail launch to ensure that all the kinks have been ironed out and polish is at its maximum. If this is the case I certainly hope Ill be lucky enough to continue playing this amazing game, and if not, well Ill just have to keep counting down the hours until everyone gets the opportunity to play StarCraft 2.

See you on the Hyperion… hopefully sooner rather than later…

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In case you missed them:

Part One of the StarCraft 2 blog
Part Two of the StarCraft 2 blog

StarCraft 2 Press Day preview

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Stuart Davidson

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