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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 tastyratz on 10/13/2008 12:13:54 PM , Rating: 5
Everyone has a different price point.
If Adobe Photoshop was 10 bux we would see a ton more licenses legally... but they would lose a ton of money. Like it or not it still cost them quite a bit to produce. They aren't in the business of charity.

Also, the people Photoshop really targets would be the business sector which generally doesn't risk running pirated software.

There are a large portion of people who would buy games/programs they normally steal if it was cheaper... less drm... etc. Lots of people steal windows just out of spite for dislike of Microsoft.

People don't like to pay the price they charge for games and complain they want too much money, but the reality is games are CHEAPER now adjusted for inflation. People have an even cheaper alternative now of free which makes that $50 sound much higher.
Think of this: Sega genesis released Phantasy star for $70 in 1988. Adjusted for cpi inflation that game would be $129.64 today.

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RE: En Taro Adune
By Mojo the Monkey on 10/13/2008 12:57:02 PM , Rating: 1
Also, the people Photoshop really targets would be the business sector which generally doesn't risk running pirated software.

I don't know about that... I've seen a lot go on in the name of keeping IT costs down.

RE: En Taro Adune
By kickwormjoe on 10/13/2008 4:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
That's pretty foolish. All it takes is for one ignorant employee to call up Adobe Tech Support for help with a Photoshop issue and then the cease-and-desist letter arrives in the mail. This happened at a previous company I worked for, only with a CAD-related software.

There are THREE sure things in life:

Stupid People

RE: En Taro Adune
By ElBrujo on 10/15/2008 2:05:44 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't even take that. A pissed-off employee calls 888 NO PIRACY and can even get a reward!

"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

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