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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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By EBH on 4/30/2007 6:49:24 PM , Rating: 1
Diablo > Starcraft

So please let it be Diablo III

RE: um
By nhioi1 on 4/30/2007 7:02:43 PM , Rating: 1
lol, good one.

D3 aint happening. you have WoW for that.

RE: um
By m104 on 4/30/2007 7:11:28 PM , Rating: 3
there was something cool about that 2d look in diablo though... i dunno... mayby im just nostalgic

RE: um
By GlassHouse69 on 4/30/07, Rating: -1
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By Samus on 5/1/2007 2:02:22 AM , Rating: 2
pretty much all 2D versions of things are better than the 3D counterparts that follow ;)

RE: um
By GlassHouse69 on 5/1/07, Rating: -1
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By kristof007 on 4/30/2007 7:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
D3 ain't happening but hellgate: london is happening. Can't wait for it!

Until then I have D2:LOD to play.

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By Rockjock51 on 4/30/2007 7:25:12 PM , Rating: 3
Don't have any links or anything, but I swear I've read Blizzard news where they promised to revisit both Diablo and SC sometime in the future.

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By clemedia on 4/30/2007 8:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, Hellgate:London, all the Diablo devs (or at least the big names) are working on that game. Diablo's future doesn't look too bright Blizzard owns the TM for it and that's about all they have left. Even if they tried I think a lot of it's 'soul' would be gone

RE: um
By ToeCutter on 4/30/2007 8:07:54 PM , Rating: 2
Diablo > Starcraft

So please let it be Diablo III

Roger that!

Conincidently, I spent a few hours this weekend digging up my old "Collector's Edition" of D3 to install on my notebook, being one of the few games that will run on Intel's pathetic GMA 950.

I'm struck my just how many "older" gamers yearn for the simplistic, gratuitous gameplay of games like Diablo. Say what you will of a nearly 10 year old game, but simply put: I had ALOT of fun playing Diablo!

Diablo 3 would represent one of the most hotly anticipated games of 2007....

(IF they announced it ;-)

RE: um
By ToeCutter on 4/30/2007 8:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
...this weekend digging up my old "Collector's Edition" of D3 to install on my ....

Freudian keystroke.

I meant Diablo II....

RE: um
By Yawgm0th on 4/30/2007 9:26:37 PM , Rating: 3
Ok, you're just asking for a flame war with this one.

Diablo and Starcraft are completely different genres, so comparing them in this way is hardly objective. If you enjoy Diablo more, great, but some people might like RTS games better than RPGs or hack 'n' slash games.

Besides, there's no argument to be made that Diablo is better. Diablo II might be better, and it did sell more copies AFAIK (though Starcraft has a larger online following to this day), but no true fan of both worlds or genres would really say the original Diablo was better than Starcraft.

I love both, but I'd much rather see Starcraft II. We've seen some great RTSs over the last few years, but none that had the same online following as Starcraft. Warcraft III is pretty good, but it never had the same following, and the Starcraft universe IMHO is better.
/me Awaits flames from WoW players

Besides, you can't expect a Diablo III. Diablo II did something unique with the online system. It's basically a 2D MMO with half the complexity and none of the fees. That sells a good number of copies, but maintaining it to the point Diablo II was and still is maintained is expensive, and 2D is out these days.

RE: um
By ToeCutter on 5/6/2007 1:28:46 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, you're just asking for a flame war with this one.

No, I'm not.

Although 90% of posters here need little reason to start one.

I said nothing in my post of Starcraft. I have zero interest in the title. I honestly couldn't care less about Starcraft.

If the announcement is another Starcraft title, BFD.

I'm not sure how you equate appreciation for D2 to animosity for Starcraft.

Everyone here on the DT boards need to calm down and have some fruit...

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By mac2j on 4/30/2007 9:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
This one is Starcraft not Diablo III :(

They ARE working on D-III though - although about 2/3rds of the Diablo team left to do Hellgate: London, the remaining 1/3rd of Blizzard North was relocated and new hires were added last year for an "undisclosed project".

It doesnt seem like they're part of the Starcraft team and we know they don't work on WoW ... so....

Also Blizzard registered a bunch of domain names last year suggestive of a Diablo MMO.

Its all speculative but they're have been whispers that once Starcraft II is done D-III is next and it may be as a group/raid centric MMO to offset WoW's more casual focus.

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