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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: En Taro Adune
By ET on 10/13/2008 11:58:36 AM , Rating: -1
It's also the most common reason for stealing in general. Doesn't make it a good excuse.

Funny thing is, console games tend to cost more than PC ones, yet there's less piracy there.

RE: En Taro Adune
By Alexstarfire on 10/13/2008 8:30:19 PM , Rating: 5
Because they are harder to pirate, simple as that. And it has to do with the fact that it's closed hardware. Only way to pirate console games now is to have a mod chip, usually anyways, and that's too much effort for some people. Then there are those who don't know how, me being included sadly. I don't know how to solder, so I couldn't get one if I wanted it.

While I used to pirate games.... there isn't much point any more. Most of the games I play now are online.... and playing pirated games online is hard to do... if not downright impossible sometimes thanks to the good ole' cd-key.

Only reason I've seen to pirate now is because of crappy DRM. Thanks to those cracks being illegal there is no reason to spend $50 on a game if you're going to do something illegal to remove the DRM anyways. I, for one, will never buy a game with crappy DRM like Spore and BioShock. I really don't care if they say it only affect 1% of the people, or whatever arbitrarily small figure they gave, but I go through too many computer changes to be bothered by the off-chance that I may end up being forced to buy the game again.

RE: En Taro Adune
By Homerboy on 10/14/2008 9:32:57 AM , Rating: 2
No need to solder for either the Wii or the 360 :)

RE: En Taro Adune
By erikejw on 10/16/2008 9:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
"The second and third games will be like expansion packs, but we really want them to feel like standalone products."

That quote is probably wrong.

but we really like to price them like standaline products

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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