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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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Impact on D3
By cingkrab on 10/13/2008 12:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, maybe next Blizzcon they'll announce that D3 will arrive as five separate games, with one character and one act each.

All kidding aside, there'll probably be a riot or something if they announced that at Blizzcon.

RE: Impact on D3
By Alexstarfire on 10/13/2008 8:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
No... there would be a massacre of all the employees of Blizzard.

RE: Impact on D3
By xsilver on 10/14/2008 12:49:18 PM , Rating: 2
When the sales of SC2 with this new pricing model goes through the roof, I would put money down that they will take the pricing model further on Diablo 3.

book it.

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