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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: Hope
By Master Kenobi on 10/13/2008 2:22:33 PM , Rating: 2
Word on the street is the development of another MMO, either a successor to Starcraft 2, a new IP entirely, or a successor to WoW.

RE: Hope
By 325hhee on 10/13/2008 2:59:21 PM , Rating: 2
Word on the street is the development of another MMO, either a successor to Starcraft 2, a new IP entirely, or a successor to WoW.

I thought it was semi official for a SC MMO? It would make more sense going that route, than via Diablo, WoW and Diablo are part of the same fantasy genre and might step on its own self. On Star Craft at least it's sci-fi. Plus with Diablo, you have battle net. It'd be too weird for me to see a Diablo MMO.

RE: Hope
By IraeNicole on 10/13/2008 4:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
It sounded like they had a lot of back lash when people thought that Diablo III was going to be another MMO.

RE: Hope
By IraeNicole on 10/13/2008 4:37:39 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm yeah I saw they had announced something about a next gen MMO and their hiring page did have an unannounced job listing section. That sounds like a potentially good use for the money. A next gen MMO would be great but as much as I love all their current series, I hope it is something new. They tend to create great and detailed stories and universes and a new one would be fun to get absorbed in. I am not sure what since they already have the science fiction and the fantasy angles covered.

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