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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 MrBlastman on 10/13/2008 12:08:14 PM , Rating: 2
I really could care less about the single player portion of an RTS. Multiplayer is really the only use of the genre, as Starcraft in its most perfect for was a worthy successor to chess in the modern age. Very tactical, strategic and visceral all at the same time.

So, as long as they let us get the full multiplayer experience by purchasing the first game, I could care less. Now, if they do something such as making the addons add units/strategies in multiplayer like Broodwar did, that is ok. Just don't charge us too much for it and make sure it is very refined like the original's expansion was.

RE: En Taro Adune
By Nik00117 on 10/13/2008 4:19:19 PM , Rating: 2
I agree keep mulitplayer the same and let the two additons be story line only

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