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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 feelingshorter on 10/13/2008 12:43:15 PM , Rating: 5
The disadvantage of releasing it in packs like this is that they cost more. Traditionally, SC2 + expansion (50+50) would cost $100. Releasing three games means they can milk us out of (50+40+40) another $30 dollars. Is that $30 worth it to gamers? And is there greed around what they are doing?

Well, lets look at how the original SC turned out. Without going into much detail, SC is the most balanced RTS game out there. ( most balanced DOES NOT imply perfectly balanced as Korean progamers will tell you ). There are obviously a lot of updates that can be done to SC but the programmers cannot do it if the company management says they have to focus on other projects.

Its like asking why wasn't harry potter (or lord of the rings or bourne series) released as one movie instead of a trilogy? Because people WANT it long! I wish there were more quality fantasy movies like LOTR and action trilogy like Bourne (batman included) that gives you much more depth than what a single movie ever can.

You'd have to have been there when SC2 was released to understand. Most people who understand my position are probably in their early/late 20s. If your younger, you've probably grew up with command and conquer or company of heroes/world in conflict/world at war.

SC2 story line has so much more depth and thats why a lot of people love Blizzard games. They aren't like a traditional company. I wonder why the guy that says they are trying to meet a deadline got a 5 rating on his post when i know thats not true. During interviews the programmers said it themselves that "management doesn't really give us a deadline, they say ' just get it done right'" Meaning the programmers are the one in charge of deadlines and not so much as the management and thats why they have always said "its done when its done."

Despite what the press release and most news sites are reporting, the trilogy is just allowing the programmers to work more/longer on starcraft. The focus of SC2 is multiplayer(see the interviews with the programmers of SC, there is no argument here but fact).

Releasing it in a trilogy allows SC2 to have the team focus on balancing the game in the long run.

If anything, more games should be sold in a trilogy instead of just game + xpack. I often hate games that play well but have a piss poor story line. I need to feel like the universe is alive. I need the details. I need the depth. The voice acting. The cinematic. Characters with motivation and feelings. Conflict with no clear enemy as to whose absolutely right or wrong.

There is no question that blizzard's products are TOP quality. Period. I'd rather them release a trilogy, and have the game update in graphics, balancing, and gameplay over a period of perhaps 4-6 years than a mere 2 years traditionally. I want to be immersed in the SC world. That allows the game to age well over time, like a bottle of wine. More time = more balanced game play = better graphics = more depth = me more happy. Whats the difference of buying a $50 dollar game yearly instead of just buying 2 starcraft games every year? I'd rather have one great game that continue to improve than just 3 games from other companies that are half assed RTS with poor story lines.

RE: En Taro Adune
By CloudFire on 10/13/2008 2:54:21 PM , Rating: 2
i totally agree. the thing is that blizzard have stated each of the 3 trilogies will be as long as the normal starcraft game. so you should expect 3x as much content as the original SC. to me that is a sealed deal because i rather have 3 SC games, instead of 1 on one disc.

seemingly, everything that is epic these days seems to be released in trilogies.

i'm so buying all these games just because i want to support blizzard, they are undoubtedly one of the best game developers in the world. when was the last time you saw a blizzard game with DRM? ;) never, why? because they don't need to put on crap like that to restrict the user because they KNOW their games are quality that people would GLADLY buy aka me and so should everyone of you.

RE: En Taro Adune
By Alexstarfire on 10/13/2008 8:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
That might be great for those who enjoy playing single player a lot. While I'm sure I will play it... it's not my main focus. Multiplayer is my main focus. I see this being a problem. Many say that Brood War balanced the game out.... but it didn't seem that way from my perspective. I see it as a problem because it's going to do one of two things. Make an already balanced game more unbalanced... or make an unbalanced game more balanced. Either way it's a lose-lose. Well, maybe a win in the long run for the latter, but a certain loss for the early people. That's not something I want to run the risk of.

We've already waited a decade for SC2... what's another year if it means it'll be that much more perfect. The price is also a big deal, if you're looking at it from a multiplayer perspective. I'm not sure if the prices the OP posted are accurate. I hope someone can clear that up. But if it is then I mostly certainly won't be buying it until all 3 packs/games are out. That is far too expensive for the 2 other games. It's not that I don't love their work... but $40 is damn close to an entire new game, and we know that it's not going to be an entirely new game. Might have different units, different story, etc... but it's all from the same game. Same coding, least coding style, same engine, etc... it'll be MUCH MUCH quicker to produce the last two pieces that the first one because they aren't starting from scratch. $50 for the first part is totally acceptable to me, but $40 for the next two are WAY WAY overpriced. Should be $25-$30 tops.

You must know this comes from a person who owns EVERY Blizzard game and has paid for several more than 1 time.

RE: En Taro Adune
By CloudFire on 10/14/2008 4:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
very well said :)

i have been a vivid blizzard fan since the days of wc1.

i agree wholeheartedly with you that 50$ for the first game is acceptable and that the consequent expansions should only cost around 25-30$ as well.

RE: En Taro Adune
By just4U on 10/14/2008 3:05:10 AM , Rating: 2
Jury will be out for me until I see the game. If the campaigns are extremely long for each piece then yeah.. Ill go that was worth it. If they are short I'll be a bit ticked and think Blizzard is milking me, since the main attraction of SC2 for me will be the storyline. Been waiting a long time for Raynor and Kerrigan to return.

Ofcourse for those that don't mind waiting I am sure Blizzard will release the boxed trilogy for a fair price when all three have been out for a bit.

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