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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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RE: Blizzard is getting greedy.
By Radnor on 10/13/2008 10:12:12 AM , Rating: 2
No, but read the news, we will pay.

Blizz is getting the taste for a monthly fee.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/13/2008 10:19:53 AM , Rating: 3
Yea, I was going to pre-order SC2 but I might wait until all of the xpacks are out and buy the battlechest.


RE: Blizzard is getting greedy.
By MrBlastman on 10/13/2008 12:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
I see no mention of them charging a monthly fee for Battle.net.

If they do, then forget playing on battle.net. I have a long standing belief in never paying monthly to play anything online. I've done just fine sticking to that and haven't missed out on anything.

I guess if bnet does become pay to play, a bunch of us will play Starcraft 2 on Kali again, just like in the good old days. At least Kali is (or was) a one time membership fee of 20.00. Besides, everyone knows the best Starcraft players of the old days played on Kali.


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