Starcraft 2 This Year?

Contributing Writer

Yesterday Activision Blizzard held a pre-E3 conference call, detailing a few goodies that unfortunately will not be making an appearance at this year's E3 tradeshow. During the call, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime briefly touched on the company's plans for the upcoming sci-fi RTS game, StarCraft 2, announcing that the game won't be released until it meets the company's high standards as well as the expectations of the series' die-hard fans. However, he also mentioned an actual timeframe for the highly-anticipated PC game.

"We're targeting an end of year release--this year--for StarCraft 2," said Morhaime during the conference call.

As reported earlier, the game will be broken down into three parts, with Terrans: Wings of Liberty serving as the first installment. Wings of Liberty will actually comprise of the base single player campaign and a full multiplayer option featuring all of the races. Both the campaign and the multiplayer aspect will expand with the release of the second installment, Zerg: Heart of the Swarm, and finally the third installment, Protoss: Legacy of the Void. Zerg and Protoss are expected to hit the market later, perhaps even appearing years apart.

StarCraft 2, the long-awaited sequel to Blizzard's popular sci-fi RTS, takes place four years after the original game's expansion pack, Brood War. Many of the species and characters encountered in the original titles have returned, including Antanis, Zeratul, Jim Raynor, and more. Although Blizzard revealed the game's development back in 2007, development on the StarCraft 2 actually began back in 2003.

Presently Blizzard is gearing up for a closed beta of StarCraft 2 that is scheduled to begin this summer. Fans eager for a little pre-release taste can sign up to participate in the closed beta by creating a new Battle.Net account here.