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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 ShammGod126 on 10/14/2008 11:10:13 AM , Rating: 2
I noticed that a lot of people are trying to justify why it's OK to pay for 3 games, and I totally agree with them. If the games are really 30+ campaign missions with new multiplayer mods then it would be worth 150 for the whole package. My main grip is with the reason that Blizzard provided. Saying that they would have to delay the game another two years if they wanted to release a single game. The thing is we've waited over 10 years for another Starcraft and the main reason is because Blizzard have been busy milking the WOW cash cow dry. I don't blame them for cashing in on a sure thing, and WOW is about as profitable as actually having a tree that grows money, but please don't say you didn't have enough time when you had 10 years to come out with a sequel…

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