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Necessary sacrifice or cash grab?

Shacknews reports that Blizzard has chosen to release the much anticipated Starcraft 2 as a trilogy of separate games with each release focusing on one of the 3 factions. The first game in the trilogy will consist of the Terran campaign, and will be called "Terrans: Wings of Liberty." The second campaign will focus on the Zerg and will be called "Zerg: Heart of the Swarm," The third campaign will be focused on the Protoss and will be called "Protoss: Legacy of the Void."

Blizzard’s Rob Pardo stated, "The second and third games will be like expansion packs, but we really want them to feel like standalone products." He also justified the decision mentioning it was necessary to maintain the quality of the product, the alternatives either being a long delay of the game, or a scaling back of the campaigns.

According to the Shacknews article, each of the campaigns will have different play styles with the Zerg campaign implementing RPG elements, the Protoss campaign will implement diplomacy elements, and the Terran campaign will implement a Protoss mini-campaign.

The very important multiplayer component will be unchanged despite the separation of the campaigns. Some units will be specific to the each campaign and will not be available in multiplayer.

It remains to be seen if the separation of the campaigns is a necessary sacrifice to provide the best possible gaming experience to the customer. Each game will now feature more in-game cinematics and story content. Whether the decision was an unnecessary cash grab or not will become clear after the game is released.

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By AmberClad on 10/13/2008 10:09:35 AM , Rating: 2
Fair enough...I won't be getting it until they release the compilation "Gold" or "GOTYe" version, with all three games bundled at a discount then.

I'm kind of tired of having tons of game cases lying around because of devs trying to squeeze out more money by releasing expansion packs (BF2, Heroes V, NWN, Dawn of War, Oblivion, etc. come to mind). These days, I prefer to wait until I'm sure no more expansions will be released -- then I get the compilation version, usually at the price that a single game is normally priced at.

RE: Compilation
By 325hhee on 10/13/2008 10:26:28 AM , Rating: 2
There are some games that I do feel the need to buy right away, and others can wait. Given the statement they made, I'm waiting. I hope the trilogy is going to set at either $39.99 or less, until then I'll play Supreme Commander to get my RTS fix. CoD 5 on the other hand is a must buy for me and my friends, we've been waiting for co-op mission type games for a long time, frag fest gets redundant after a while.

The Zerg empire is going to have to wait for me, and I hope by the time the trilogy is out, a new Starship Trooper map is available, that must be my most favorite map for the original Starcraft.

RE: Compilation
By Screwballl on 10/13/2008 10:37:51 AM , Rating: 2
if you like these games then give Sins of a Solar Empire a try.

RE: Compilation
By 325hhee on 10/13/2008 12:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
if you like these games then give Sins of a Solar Empire a try.

I just looked at a vid on Youtube, wow that game does look awsome, reminds me of Home World, but better, gonna pick up a copy, thanks for the recommendation. I hope there's a Star Trek skin for it, hehe :)

RE: Compilation
By Ringold on 10/13/2008 9:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
There is an awesome-looking Star Trek mod out there for it, but it hasn't been finished yet. It'll be nice when it is, though.

RE: Compilation
By ASKman on 10/13/2008 11:14:44 AM , Rating: 2
You guys all have a right to do as you please, but i'm going to buy the game when it comes out and I will almost surely believe it was worth it. Check out the scope of the new campaigns. Starcraft had 30 missions and a multiplayer and it was released at full retail price. Wings of Liberty is going to have between 26-30 missions and will have a fully functioning multiplayer. To me that says full price (which today is like 60 dollars). Now the expansions i feel should be cheaper because if you already own the multiplayer you shouldn't be paying full price for it again. But certainly 40 dollars a pop would not be excessive (again for a 30 mission expansion).

My final point is how much money have you guys spent over the years on games you played only for a few hours? I've played every blizzard game for at least 150 hours. I know a lot of people don't do that, but if i had had to pay 200 dollars for warcraft 3 it would have been worth it simply because ive played it at least 10 times as much as most of the games i spend $50 on.

RE: Compilation
By Master Kenobi on 10/13/2008 2:09:15 PM , Rating: 1
but i'm going to buy the game when it comes out and I will almost surely believe it was worth it.

Otherwise known as the placebo effect.

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