the good news for Mac OS X fans that their operating system of choice
was getting some
courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment, the company has at last given fans of the
franchise some relief, announcing an official release date.
originally been expected
sometime in 2009, but numerous delays had pushed the project
back. Many fans are also disappointed about Blizzard's
decision to drop
LAN play support from the game.StarCraft
II: Wings of Liberty,
the first game in a new science fiction trilogy, will land on July 27 Blizzard announced.
It will feature the Terran campaign (29 missions), the full
multiplayer experience, and "several challenge-mode mini-games"
which contain "focused goals designed to ease players into the
basics of multiplayer strategies."Later expansions
of the Swarm and Legacy
of the Void will
focus on the Zerg and Protoss, respectively, though release dates for
these expansions have not yet been given.Dropping
II: WoL will
be the official release of the newly revamped Battle.net that will
pit StarCraft II players against each other in online matches.
Those looking to get a head start can pre-order StarCraft
which grants access to the beta of the Battle.net head-to-head
gameplay.In other news that's sure to excite hardcore PC
has finally been re-released by
fan community MekTek.net. MekTek.net received permission to air
the out of print game for free some time ago from developers Smith &
Tinker, who licensed the MechWarrior
from Microsoft, but Microsoft had initially stymied
the project with legal threats.Fans will appreciate
the ability to saddle up in 111 different mechs ranging from 20 to
100 tons and trample across 19 levels. MekTek is offering 5 new
MekMatch servers for players to host and play on.The demand
for the game's rerelease was so tremendous that it received over
100,000 downloads over the weekend and initially overwhelmed the
MekTek servers. By May 1 order had been restored on the match
servers, though, and by May 2 the forum was restored.While
the game, originally release in 2002, is available free of charge,
MekTek is asking politely that fans donate $5 to help support its
server costs and keep the project running.MechWarrior fans
can also look forward to a reboot
of the series coming soon to the PC and Xbox 360.
Smith & Tinker is developing this title.