StarCraft II gets July 27 worldwide release date

Speaking in a press release, Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed a July 27 worldwide release date for its highly-anticipated real-time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. While the date is only for retail sales, the title will be available on the developer’s download service “shortly after” launch.

"We’ve been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we’re excited that the time for that is almost here,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Thanks to our beta testers, we’re making great progress on the final stages of development, and we’ll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net in just a few months."

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s 1998 hit StarCraft, which has been hailed by players and critics worldwide as one of the top real-time strategy games of all time. Sporting a vibrant new 3D-graphics engine, StarCraft II will once again center on the clash between the protoss, terrans, and zerg, with each side deploying legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types.

The title is currently in a closed beta test with users on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

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Yawn, wake me up when the complete game is actually released, I don't want to finish the human campaign in a few days and then wait a few years to Protus/Zerg sequels.

I don't believe people are buying a crippled 1/3 of a game for an insane amount of money Activision asking for it.

That the hell happened to smart consumerism?

Beastage said,
Yawn, wake me up when the complete game is actually released, I don't want to finish the human campaign in a few days and then wait a few years to Protus/Zerg sequels.

I don't believe people are buying a crippled 1/3 of a game for an insane amount of money Activision asking for it.

That the hell happened to smart consumerism?

It will be expansion a year, not 'years'. Also, you got battle.net.

But if you only buy it for single player experience, you really shouldn't bother to wait for it anyway.

Beastage said,
Yawn, wake me up when the complete game is actually released, I don't want to finish the human campaign in a few days and then wait a few years to Protus/Zerg sequels.

I don't believe people are buying a crippled 1/3 of a game for an insane amount of money Activision asking for it.

That the hell happened to smart consumerism?

That one campaign is as long as all the campaigns of original put together, if not longer. Before they even announced the whole three separate releases they were already saying the campaigns are extremely long and they have lots of ideas for them.

Besides you still get the full multi-player experience, development tools and the new Bnet.

Beastage said,
That the hell happened to smart consumerism?
It lives on, but your ability to read Blizzards own news releases apparently does not.

As Dhalamar says, you are not getting a 1/3 of a game.

Edited by Kirkburn, May 4 2010, 11:21am :

Beastage said,
Yawn, wake me up when the complete game is actually released, I don't want to finish the human campaign in a few days and then wait a few years to Protus/Zerg sequels.

I don't believe people are buying a crippled 1/3 of a game for an insane amount of money Activision asking for it.

That the hell happened to smart consumerism?

Well, if you wait for all 3 to be released I'm sure there will be a "Starcraft Battle Chest" that will contain all Starcraft 1 and 2 goodness. But you are going to have to wait an awfully long time for that. 2013 or 14 at the earliest is my guess.

Kirkburn said,
It lives on, but your ability to read Blizzards own news releases apparently does not.

As Dhalamar says, you are not getting a 1/3 of a game.

If only 1/3 of the campaigns are being released, then yes, by definition you are only getting 1/3 of the game. That still only leaves you with a day or so of play time before you finish the first campaign. The original game took less than 8 hours to beat all three campaigns.

SputnikGamer said,

If only 1/3 of the campaigns are being released, then yes, by definition you are only getting 1/3 of the game. That still only leaves you with a day or so of play time before you finish the first campaign. The original game took less than 8 hours to beat all three campaigns.

You get 1/3 of the STORY but all of the game.

It's amazing (aside from the massive graphics issues with ATI cards I'm suffering atm) and very well balanced/fun.

Can't wait for RTM

JUTS READY THIS ON FACEBOOK.

OH, MY GOD. I knew lately that it was going to be June - July. HOLY ****!

I am SO happy.

SuperZod said,
what about Diablo 3? Doesn't it have a release date yet?

still 2 more races to release so end of 2011 or 2012-201X

Blizzard is pretty badly behind everyone else in digital distribution. This is their first real DD title and even it comes shortly after the retail version? Meh.

Dhalamar said,
Blizzard is pretty badly behind everyone else in digital distribution. This is their first real DD title and even it comes shortly after the retail version? Meh.

?? This is the first title since WoW, released over 5 years ago... And WoW is downloadable, as well as every patch/expansion.

AfroTrance said,

?? This is the first title since WoW, released over 5 years ago... And WoW is downloadable, as well as every patch/expansion.

Yes, you can download the client online but you couldn't do that when it originally came out. You also had to buy the retail copy of the expansions when they came out.

Dhalamar said,
Blizzard is pretty badly behind everyone else in digital distribution. This is their first real DD title and even it comes shortly after the retail version? Meh.

I agree, you'd think they would have negotiated with their publishers a bit better.

Aergan said,

I agree, you'd think they would have negotiated with their publishers a bit better.

they merged with their publisher, activision, a few years ago, so there's really very little excuse for a late digital download release.

Dhalamar said,

Yes, you can download the client online but you couldn't do that when it originally came out. You also had to buy the retail copy of the expansions when they came out.

Nope. You could buy WOTLK online and get your key online.

Dhalamar said,
Yes, you can download the client online but you couldn't do that when it originally came out. You also had to buy the retail copy of the expansions when they came out.

It was 2004, give them a break...