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StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty release date announced

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty release date announced

The retail release date for the first game in the new StarCraft 2 trilogy has been set at July 27th.

Activision and Blizzard have formally announced the release date for the first game in the new StarCraft 2 trilogy, Wings of Liberty.

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty will be released in stores on July 27th for PC and Mac. A digital release will be available exclusively from Blizzard's online store some point later on - the exact date for the digital release hasn't been narrowed down, it seems.

Wings of Liberty contains just the Terran singleplayer campaign, plus multiplayer for all races. Two more StarCraft 2 releases are planned that will contain the singleplayer campaigns for the other races, the Zerg and Protoss.

Blizzard has promised that the decision to divide StarCraft 2 is one that's natural for the series and that the developer is not 'milking' StarCraft 2 by cutting it up into three releases.

Blizzard also recently announced that StarCraft 2 will include a mod marketplace, but will lack LAN support.

"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."

You can read our own thoughts on the StarCraft 2 beta for more information on the game, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Denis_iii 4th May 2010, 10:38 Quote
is Blizzard online shop same as STEAM so I can download the games multiple times and have it running on desktop and laptop? not simultaneously.
Ph4ZeD 4th May 2010, 10:56 Quote
Looks like we know the best selling PC game of the year already though.
BlackMage23 4th May 2010, 11:03 Quote
Hope the campaigns are gona be really big to make up for the split. Maybe we will get new units in the other 2 games.
Still a little disappointed about the missing lan support, but I think Blizzard will patch that in later once they realize their mistake (as long as Activision keep out of it).
mull 4th May 2010, 11:18 Quote
There has been such a protracted development cycle on this I've lost the thread of what the game getting released contains! I don't give a monkey's about multiplayer, I'm just hoping the SP lives up to the hype.
p3n 4th May 2010, 11:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Hope the campaigns are gona be really big to make up for the split. Maybe we will get new units in the other 2 games.
Still a little disappointed about the missing lan support, but I think Blizzard will patch that in later once they realize their mistake (as long as Activision keep out of it).

I'm currently playing the sc2 beta and the MP is a finely tuned economy based affair, many of the SP units do not feature in the MP - I don't see them allowing play outside of battle net ever...
rollo 4th May 2010, 11:50 Quote
Blizzard want battlenet to comunicate with all there games
BLC 4th May 2010, 12:42 Quote
About damn time! I've only been waiting for this for years!
Jamie 4th May 2010, 13:42 Quote
No LAN support?
Xir 4th May 2010, 13:45 Quote
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but will lack LAN support.
Understandable, it's not as if Starcraft ever was popular on LAN's....oh wait!
(you're not really requiering sarcasm brackets, are you?) :D
CardJoe 4th May 2010, 16:05 Quote
DRC™ 4th May 2010, 16:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
About damn time! I've only been waiting for this for years!

*nods*
Sloth 4th May 2010, 16:46 Quote
Wasn't there an official release date for 2 July 2009 at some point in time?

Have yet to try it out myself, but two friends have got beta keys (seems they're just handing them out now) and they have polar opposite reactions. I don't mean to judge, but the one who loves Halo and MW2 enjoys it, while the one who owns every decent RTS to date and is so good in Starcraft that matches between 6 players are organized as 4v1+him says that it is no good.
d3m0n_edge 5th May 2010, 00:06 Quote
No LAN support? After a decade of waiting, can't believe I'm dissappointed already.
Danny 5th May 2010, 00:24 Quote
Hmmmmm, I'm not sure whether I'm looking forward to this or not now.
impar 5th May 2010, 01:42 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by d3m0n_edge
No LAN support? After a decade of waiting, can't believe I'm dissappointed already.
You werent by the three part release?
The Battle.net imposition?
The expected "monetization"?
BLC 5th May 2010, 06:51 Quote
Lack of LAN support doesn't really bother me.

Even if I do get a few mates around to play a few games, I'm sure my internet connection can take it. In fact, I think it'll be a hell of a lot easier to co-ordinate games with friends over the internet; it means we don't have to lug PCs and monitors around to each other's houses, or risk having a shitty game experience on a laptop. Admittedly the SC2 beta runs pretty well on even modest laptops, but I'd still rather use my PC.

Besides all the multiplayer stuff, I'm looking forward to the singleplayer game more.
Nature 5th May 2010, 08:19 Quote
They're taking out lan so they can stop piracy... It's the only way. I've been in China since I was 18 and all games like warcraft 3 are hacked through lan. no one pays for ANY game software, or OS because the prices are unreasonable and unrealistic for the amount of money the working and middle class make here.

I don't know how but everyone has hacked versions of windows 7 already! It might take even less time with SC2.

Also in korea-japan... the entire world- there are no legit copies of starcraft! :D

So Blizzard is doing everything they can to ensure getting revenue from all wanting to play they're game... I wonder if prices will be different in poor countries like China, India, etc???
Xir 5th May 2010, 08:25 Quote
I'll only play singleplayer (usually)
But for a game mostly renowned for LANing (surpassed only by CS, I guess) having no LAN support is a big letdown.
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the prices are unreasonable and unrealistic for the amount of money the working and middle class make here
considering the last 10 games I bought were all under 10€ (sales or old games) Yup, I second that. :D
Nature 5th May 2010, 11:32 Quote
naw, I mean retail... of course I don't mean a dozen years or a a decade after the game's release. 59.99+tax just call it 60$ x 7 for the chinese RMB and you have 420 rmb which is about a third of a working class persons monthly income whilst working 50 hours a week.

I'm in no way saying a mass hacking of games is good... I want lan just like you. It just sucks not everyone gets paid in dollars, euros, or squid.
Xir 6th May 2010, 09:18 Quote
60$ sure isn't a third of my income but like hell will I pay that amount of money for a game :D
It's amazing how quickly some games come down to the bargain-bin though...
(GTAIV for 5$, yes thank you...add Mirrors Edge for another 3$? sure why not, just for the heck of it it's cheaper than ripping and burning.) :D
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