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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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I'd say Starcraft but..
By just4U on 5/1/2007 12:42:15 PM , Rating: 2
Common sense (from my point of view) would indicate they'd be going with a starcraft anouncement. It's been awhile after all.

However, it is the 10th aniversary of Diablo, I am pretty sure it was released in 1997. So it could be a third installment in the series.

I am betting that Blizzard's new plan of action is to release their franchise game followed up by a expansion, then the eventual mmo release based on the same title (which ever it is)

Overall, I believe their May announcement is in fact Starcraft2. It just makes to much sense.




RE: I'd say Starcraft but..
By just4U on 5/1/2007 12:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
OH and here is some wishful thinking for all the fans out there....

May 19th: Blizzard has announced new games based upon their popular franchises Diablo and Starcraft to coincide with the launch of their new Battlenet service expected to be released in Q4 2008.

Their is a collective cheer around the gaming community. ;)


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