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The indefinitely postponed StarCraft Ghost left RTS fans unsatisfied
A StarCraft sequel could be announced as soon as May 19 at South Korean gaming tournament

Although Blizzard may have little financial reason to divert its attentions away from its fantasy-based MMO cash cow, speculation during recent months points to a possible return of the company’s classic sci-fi franchise. Reports coming from Korean sources indicate that a StarCraft sequel could be making a public appearance sometime this year.

Korean pro-gaming site Fighter Forum (translated) claims that there will be a beta version of StarCraft 2 coming out before the end of the year. Furthermore, the site cites Hanbitsoft, the distributor of StarCraft in Korea, as being aware that the sequel will have a new race and additional units.

Korea’s apparent lead in information surrounding the classic Blizzard sci-fi franchise may be due to StarCraft’s still-rabid following in South Korea. Professional matches against celebrity StarCraft players are often televised for the mainstream public, who seems to have a wide acceptance of pro-gaming. E-sports and broadcast companies would likely need to know of plans for StarCraft 2 so that they may make the appropriate preparations for the transition to the new game.

Predictably, Blizzard is remaining tight-lipped on its future projects, though the developer does plan to reveal a new product at the Worldwide Invitational tournament next month in Korea. According to another South Korean source, This Is Game (translated), Blizzard is inviting more than a hundred broadcasting teams from around the world for this announcement.

"We do intend to announce a new product at the Worldwide Invitational next month in Korea, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and interest in getting an advance look at what that will be, but players will have to wait until May 19th to find out more," read a statement that a Blizzard representative provided to DailyTech.

Blizzard, however, is neither confirming nor denying that the new product could be a new StarCraft game, but does promise that the franchise will inevitably see a return. The statement continued, "Also, we have a very strong connection with the characters and settings of StarCraft, and we do plan to revisit that universe at some point in the future, but we don't have anything new to announce in that regard at present."

The Blizzard Worldwide Invitational will be held at the Olympic Gymnastics and Fencing Stadiums in Seoul, South Korea on May 19 and 20.



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South Korea
By dreddly on 4/30/2007 6:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
When I was living in Seoul late last year, I counted one Starcraft tournament live on 6 cable stations. The service provider had 2 channels dedicated to gaming and about 55% of that was Starcraft.

It must still be a cash cow over there because I saw retail copies going for $45 US in November 2006. I can pick them up here for $10.

Blizzard is really going to have to get it right though, or there will be a massive outcry. Any slight imbalance in gameplay could make a huge difference for tournaments.




RE: South Korea
By Shlong on 5/1/2007 3:55:00 PM , Rating: 2
They should get those pro gamers in korea to beta test it for a while to get the gameplay in balance.


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