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The first game of the StarCraft II trilogy, centered around the Terrans just received a release date. It's set to be one of the hottest titles of the summer.  (Source: Activision)

StarCraft II is currently being beta tested by pre-order customers.  (Source: Activision)

MechWarrior 4, a classic PC game from back in 2002 has just been re-released for free.  (Source: MekTek)

Smith & Tinker, who gave the rights to MechWarrior 4 to the fan community, are working on a reboot of the franchise.  (Source: Smith & Tinker)
StarCraft is set to be summer's hottest release, MechWarrior 4 is set at the hot price of free

Following the good news for Mac OS X fans that their operating system of choice was getting some StarCraft II love courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment, the company has at last given fans of the franchise some relief, announcing an official release date.  StarCraft II had 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 entitled 
Heart 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 alongside 
StarCraft 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 II: WoL, which grants access to the beta of the Battle.net head-to-head gameplay.

In other news that's sure to excite hardcore PC gamers,
MechWarrior 4 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 rights 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.





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