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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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This is bad?
By esoteric01 on 10/13/2008 11:32:29 AM , Rating: 5
I don't understand why everyone seems to think this is a bad thing. If this were EA or Activision (yes I know) I would be just as cynical as everyone else but this is Blizzard - they have proven time and again they are not willing to sacrifice quality to make a quick buck (cut SC:Ghost, could be on Diablo 7 by now, only 2 WoW xpacks in 4 yrs!?). When has a blizzard product ever not been worth every cent you paid for it?

RE: This is bad?
By Alexstarfire on 10/13/2008 8:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
They haven't YET. Just go take a look at that keyword there. Just because they haven't yet doesn't mean it's impossible for them to do so.

RE: This is bad?
By murphyslabrat on 10/17/2008 8:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
It would be a sad day, indeed, when Blizzard released a sub-par product. Until then, look forward to not just getting an awesome game, but getting three.

My 4-year-old copy of Starcraft: BW still sees occasional use, and remains the best $20 I have ever spent.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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