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Blizzard: "StarCraft still set for Q2 2010"

Blizzard: "StarCraft still set for Q2 2010"

Blizzard may have only just kicked off the beta recently, but still hopes to have StarCraft 2 released soon.

Blizzard has reconfirmed that it is aiming for a 2010 release date for StarCraft 2, with the hope being to get the game out and on shelves within the first half of 2010 - even though the game has only just entered beta.

The news comes from the official Blizzard podcast, where StarCraft 2's lead producer, Chris Siagty, revealed some of the plans for the game.

"We were targeting three to five months for the beta, we're really at a three month period of time for the beta at this point. We are still targeting the first half of this year... [for release]," Siagty said.

The StarCraft 2 beta kicked off earlier this month, though Blizzard CEO Michael Morhaime was clear when discussing the launch of the beta that he could not explicitly commit to a mid-2010 release for the game. Hmm.

We'll be taking a look at the beta and telling you what we think later this week, just in case you haven't had a chance to have a go on the game just yet - so stay tuned.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of how the game is shaping up and Blizzard's plans to divide the game into three smaller titles, in the forums.

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Zero_UK 1st March 2010, 12:39 Quote
Fingers crossed for this...
Draksis 1st March 2010, 13:07 Quote
Tentatively hopeful
billysielu 1st March 2010, 14:16 Quote
It's clearly going to be late, no point saying otherwise.
C0nKer 1st March 2010, 16:30 Quote
IMO it is not going to be late, it already is.
BLC 1st March 2010, 17:31 Quote
They're worse than Valve for delays, but if it's anywhere near as good as the the first StarCraft, then all will be forgiven.

I have seriously high hopes for this game; I can't remember any game in the last 8 years that I have looked forward to as much as this. And I can't get in on the beta :'(.

(In case you're wondering, that game 8 years ago was Final Fantasy X)
zelachang 1st March 2010, 18:04 Quote
Given Blizz's release schedule from beta -> final product I would say it should be on time. Ive been playing a ton with my buddies' account and if it feels almost good enough to ship. If it were any other company besides blizzard they would have just released the game and balanced it later with patches.
Loafers 1st March 2010, 18:37 Quote
Knowing Blizzard, it'll probably be released Q4.
BLC 1st March 2010, 18:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by zelachang
Ive been playing a ton with my buddies' account and if it feels almost good enough to ship.

Does he want to share the love...? :D ;)
g3n3tiX 1st March 2010, 20:14 Quote
In the beta right now for me :p
Quite good, too bad the only AI is "very easy"... Still I have battle.net for better foes (mostly much stronger than me). The thing is I don't want to play in ranked matches.
Stewb 1st March 2010, 20:19 Quote
How did people get access tot he Beta? Just through battle.net... Guess my computer I signed up with isnt good enough (2 year old laptop), will do again with my new one....
sheninat0r 1st March 2010, 22:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stewb
How did people get access tot he Beta? Just through battle.net... Guess my computer I signed up with isnt good enough (2 year old laptop), will do again with my new one....

Blizz gave out beta codes at a number of past events they held (BlizzCon), and those were the ones who got in the first wave of the beta. For the rest, I'm assuming they give out codes to the widest variety of hardware they can find in their beta opt-in pool.
Star*Dagger 2nd March 2010, 00:50 Quote
Without strategic zoom, its DOA.
impar 2nd March 2010, 09:04 Quote
Greetings!
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In the meantime, let us know what you think of how the game is shaping up and Blizzard's plans to divide the game into three smaller titles, in the forums.
Waiting for the third title to decide if I play it or not.
Nature 3rd March 2010, 09:30 Quote
Cheese taco...
Sloth 3rd March 2010, 20:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by impar

Waiting for the third title to decide if I play it or not.
Seconded. Unless the campaign in each is shockingly good I'll just keep playing Supreme Commander 2 :D
Judging by the campaign modes in most modern games, I expect at least 15 hours of quality gameplay per title. $50 for 5 hours of single player lately is somewhat mitigated by the now-standard option of multiplayer in all modern games, with SC2 simply buying one version will grant you the multiplayer, therefore the other two must be simply packed full of single player content to be worth full retail price. Spending $150 on what is essentially one game would be completely laughable with most other franchises, I do not intend to pay a $100 premium just because it has the Starcraft name, it must simply be as good as three individual games combined. Good luck, Blizzard.

Also, this is just begging to be pirated. Nothing's going to be sending poorer or spiteful gamers to the Pirate Bay faster than two $50 single player 'games' [read: expansion packs].

You might also notice that I never brought up the concept that they may retail at a reduced price. Coming from the company that's selling non-combat pets for $10+ in WoW (simply a little character model) I see no reason to believe that they won't charge full price.
D-Cyph3r 3rd March 2010, 20:37 Quote
Not buying it. It doesn't matter how good the reviews say it is or how much people rave about it on forums I have brilliant memories of the first game (it was literally the first game I played on PC) and I'm not taking the risk of those memories being overshadowed by bitter disappointment.... no matter how small that risk may be.


Oh, and I'm not stupid enough to buy 1 game in 3 full price parts.


EDIT: I'm lying actually. The real reason I'm not buying it is because I don't think I can play a sci-fi RTS nowadays without comparing it to SupCom which, judging from what I've seen and played of SupCom 2, is likely going to be the best RTS of all time (fingers crossed for SupCom 3!).
BLC 7th March 2010, 19:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by g3n3tiX
In the beta right now for me :p
Quite good, too bad the only AI is "very easy"... Still I have battle.net for better foes (mostly much stronger than me). The thing is I don't want to play in ranked matches.

I got an invitation through email a couple of days ago - Blizzard have made me a very happy man

Getting my ass kicked when playing online...
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