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Blizzard Confirms New Product, May Be Starcraft 2

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the new-is-always-good dept.

PC Games (Games) 229

darkhitman writes "According to a Kotaku post yesterday, Blizzard has confirmed that they'll announce a new product at their World Wide Invitation in Korea next month. The statement issued by Blizzard verified that they 'do intend to announce a new product [...] next month" and "plan to revisit [Starcraft] at some point in the future,' but did not confirm the rumor that the new game would be Starcraft 2 — but we can certainly hope."

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229 comments

heh (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908609)

Zerg Post!

Re:heh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908625)

Joo Pass It!!!

Blizzard announces... (5, Funny)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908621)

Blizzard announces World of Starcraft... And a feeling as if a million nerds cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

Not far from the truth. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908699)

http://blizzard.com/jobopp/ [blizzard.com]

Job Update 4/26/07
New Position - Lead Engine Programmer Next-Gen MMO

Re:Not far from the truth. (1)

drix (4602) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909279)

That doesn't really come as a surprise considering they're absolutely minting money with their current-gen MMO. The question is, will it be Starcraft?

Starcraft was the last computer game I played regularly before school and life got in the way. Now that I'm a little older and have some disposable income, I'd be seriously tempted to throw down in an Alienware or something or WoS came out.

Re:Not far from the truth. (3, Insightful)

Siberwulf (921893) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909343)

Dumb question:

Why can't that be a position for their current MMO?

WoW has been running on the same engine since release in late 2004. Many MMOs (Dark Age for example) are constantly updating their game engine. Maybe this is just a new engine for the same MMO.

Re:Blizzard announces... (0, Troll)

EonBlueTooL (974478) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909213)

It doesnt matter if its world of starcraft or starcraft2. The expectations for the sequel of the best RTS ever created are too high to ever be met. They will add 3d graphics (which will suck) and they won't give us a map editor that we can break to near the degree the SC one is.

I for one am convinced that it will be the biggest let down EVER in gaming history. I dont think the magic of the original SC can ever be recreated, and I'm happy to say no one has lower expectations for SC2 then me so I'm not utterly depressed if it can't compare. (PLEASE PLEASE blizzard I'm giving you the chance to WoW me, please don't let me down!)

Re:Blizzard announces... (2, Interesting)

Nullav (1053766) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909355)

[T]hey won't give us a map editor that we can break to near the degree the SC one is.

I belive that happened with the SC, and WC2/3. Map editors aren't a problem as long as there are tons of fans lined up to contribute their own modifications after the release. And, in my opinion, expandability is the best thing about Blizzard RTS'es (and most other RTS'es). Even if the story is too bland, modders have a new base to work with. If the game mechanics kill the old game, some determined fans will work to make it more like SC1. And barring that, maybe it would be fun to come up with new strategies for a new game.

Also, who says they're continuing SC? Maybe they're making a new WC RTS. (Just because they have the MMO now, it doesn't mean that all story progression has to take place there. WoW is nothing like the RTS'es anyway. Though this seems unlikely.) Maybe it has nothing to do with WC or SC. It could be based off of Diablo, or something entirely new. Hell, they may actually resume working on SC: Ghost (doubtful). There's a lot they could be working on other than a sequel to SC.

Although, I must admit, I really want to see another StarCraft.

Re:Blizzard announces... (1)

Nullav (1053766) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909371)

Just correcting myself on my first point. The SC map editor was actually good.

Actually... (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909449)

Actually... I for one, welcome our new Zerg overlords ;)

Well, now seriously, maybe it's just me, but I've had it up to here with all MMOs being medieval fantasy. Nothing wrong with fantasy as such, but a little variety is good, you know?

Well, that's maybe not technically true, so let me rephrase it a bit. There are a couple of SF MMOs, but so far they sucked hairy ass. Anarchy Online... well, read the Something Awful review, and know that SA is actually kind to them. It was actually even buggier and less fun than that. SWG... biggest franchise ever, and awaited by every SW nerd like the second coming of the messiah, but it started half-arsed (it was launched literally a SW game without Jedi or spaceships at all), and the various updates turned it into an even bigger joke. E.g., the NGE turned it into a FPS with a bad interface, bad design, and bad balance. Etc.

Just about the only decent non-fantasy MMO that comes to mind is City Of Heroes, and even that one gets boring due to sheer repetition after a while.

So I'd very much like a _good_ SF MMO for a change. Blizzard have already shown that they can make a good MMO, so here's to hope.

Re:Blizzard announces... (1)

sheepweevil (1036936) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909511)

I've got a great idea for a new Blizzard project, it might even be the one they will be announcing! It would be set in the Starcraft universe, but would be a first person shooter! It would be guaranteed to sell millions!
Oh wait, that sounds strangely familiar...

Bah! (-1, Redundant)

Murmer (96505) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908633)

What everyone really wants is World Of Starcraft.

Re:Bah! (2, Insightful)

Puff of Logic (895805) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909003)

What everyone really wants is World Of Starcraft.
Actually, I'd rather they didn't make World of Starcraft, because I'm extremely skeptical that they'd be able to pull it off. While the high-fantasy genre works very well because it's fairly limited in scope and "magic" supplies the necessary explanation for the really wacky stuff, I think that science fiction is a victim of its own scope. Sci-Fi tends to be really big, as evidenced by that cut-scene in Starcraft when the marine is about to get chewed up by Zerg as the massive battlecruiser flies overhead. Unless players were entirely restricted to ground and near ground-level stuff, and had some non-twitch combat system like WoW, I just don't think WoS would work.

Now, what I would like to see is all of Blizzard's creativity and energy put into Starcraft 2, utilising all of the lessons learned thus far and drawing heavily from the wonderful work that was Company of Heroes. The day I see high-resolution Protoss Zealots taking cover behind a lumbering Reaver while Dragoons skitter between the piles of wreckage in the Terran base I just destroyed will be a wonderous thing. RTS games have come a long way since Starcraft came out and I think it's a shame that we haven't seen another game in the series yet.

Here's hoping we'll be bitching about the system requirements of Starcraft 2 in the near future!

Re:Bah! (1)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909181)

I could stand to see Starcraft as an MMO (Heck it was Multi Online the first time), but what I DON'T want to see is another single hero based MMO out of it where you have a single character that you "level up" and improve who might summon extra support characters. What I would rather see is that every player take control of a squad or small group of units and have to improve and expand them. Some units will be destroyed along the way while new ones may be recruited. Home base construction ect. Even having players buy ships to move their units from star-system to star system (AKA servers).

Re:Bah! (1)

TorKlingberg (599697) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909645)

You might want to take a look at Shattered Galaxy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shattered_Galaxy [wikipedia.org]
I've only played it a little, and it's a few years old. It comes close to what you described, and I like the idea.

Re:Bah! (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909161)

I think that would be good twist on the MMORPG idea. Doing Big stuff right could be interesting. Wargames have been left out because they're too complicated. How you'd manage a fleet of ships and planet/solar system/galaxy wide strategy would be neat. Blizzard is trying to push WoW into massive battles with hundreds of combatants where there's real armies on line and not just playing against scripts. There's definitely a lot of work to make such an idea practical but hard ideas make big profits!!!

It's just like running for president (4, Funny)

ween14 (827520) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908635)

Blizzard Announcement: "We will be having an announcement soon announcing when we will have an announcement about when we will announce a new product."

Re:It's just like running for president (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908755)

RTFA The announcement was to confirm there will in fact be an upcoming announcement about something and so-zzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

Who writes these story headlines? (2, Funny)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908651)

Really... take half a statement, add another (irrelevant to the first) half statement, and you have a totally irrelevant headline for a /. article.

Re:Who writes these story headlines? (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908681)

Netcraft confirms it, Slashdot's editors may suck.

Re:Who writes these story headlines? (1, Informative)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908733)

That would be me (yeah, check the names).

Following this potentially awkward silence, I would suggest that you RTFA and attempt to discern what Blizzard is saying behind the marketing double-speak. Look closely, and you'll see that Blizzard doesn't rule out it being SC2... but doesn't promise anything. The two quotes I made were from nearly consecutive sentences.

I didn't exactly synthesize information here; the post was basically a summary of the Kotaku article. Not, however, that you read said article in the first place.

Re:Who writes these story headlines? (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908757)

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. 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."

Which brings it down to speculation. Especially since Blizzard makes a lot of games. It seems more like they are dropping two probably unrelated teasers into their little statement to drum up interest in both - with possibly no relation (other than fans wishes) between the two... either that or they did a poor attempt at ambiguity in their statement.

Inotherwords, drum up interest for their upcoming product announcement, and let the Starcraft fans know SC2 is in the works as well. Doesnt seem "double-speak" to me - except perhaps to get people to connect the two in an attempt to drive up more interest in their upcoming (probably unrelated) announcement on the 19th.

Oh, and yes, I read the article.

Re:Who writes these story headlines? (1)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908857)

Since one month is both the present and the future, the announcement could be an announcement for SC2. Semantics, yes, but this is PR-speak we're talking about.

From the article:

So that's a yes on a StarCraft 2, eventually, and a yes to a product announcement next month. The only question now is are they one in the same.

Re:Who writes these story headlines? (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908949)

From the article:

So that's a yes on a StarCraft 2, eventually, and a yes to a product announcement next month. The only question now is are they one in the same.

Which means the guy who wrote the article (not Blizzard) is questioning/hoping the announcement is one and the same as a new StarCraft being made.

Yeah, it is all a matter of semantics... and only time will tell. If Blizzard has nothing in their upcoming pipeline (except StarCraft 2) then I could see the reason for the ambiguity - it does make it seem like they may have a lot more to announce (depending on how you - or I - read it). I for one am hoping it's a StarCraft 2 announcement, but the statement made by Blizzard doesnt necessarily say that. Or even imply it.

Re:Who writes these story headlines? (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909249)

Especially since Blizzard makes a lot of games

Uhhh..huh? Since when? Blizzard is notorious for making very few games. Their success mostly comes from the fact that they'd rather spend the time getting a game right than pumping out as many as they can.

Re:Who writes these story headlines? (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909447)

OK, perhaps not "a lot" especially in comparison to other game companies... but with (A) all their sequels, add-ons, expansions, etc... and (B) the possibility of a game that isnt Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo branded, what I was trying to point out was that this upcoming announcement could be something "entirely new" or the next Warcraft/Diablo version/add-on/etc.

Re:Who writes these story headlines? (0)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909435)

Especially since Blizzard makes a lot of games.

Let's see, my first Blizzard game was Warcraft, Orcs vs Humans (AKA Warcraft 1). It was DOS. I mean pre-Windows95 pure DOS.
Next Came Warcraft II. It was also a DOS based game. It was the first game I played online. I had to use Kali under Win95 over dialup to connect. It was still awesome
Next, they released a version of WCII that ran under DirectX, WC2BNE (WarCraft II BattleNet Edition). Coupled with a high speed connection and BattleNet.. it kicked ass! I lost a college semester and a summer to BNE!
Then came Diablo. That rocked. The sounds were creepy enough to scare me late at night after a few bong hits...
Diablo2 came out. It was a lot like Diablo1, much bigger... but not exactly revolutionary.
Next was Starcraft. This was Blizzard's best game yet. BattleNet, futuristic setting, that chick from Diablo doing the voice for Kerra (sp?). Much better resource management, three races to play and more units each. It was WC2 on steroids and in the future!
WarCraftIII was next. I thought it was better than Stacraft, if for no other reason than it took away much of the micromanagement. It also required more strategy with the addition of the heroes. No agreed with me, however, as most people still thing Starcraft is a better game.
Finally, World of Warcraft was release. WOW is the biggest game Blizzard has ever released and its biggest cash cow. All else fell to the wayside when WOW came out. Shame, really.

Well, that's the history of Blizzard. I didn't include expansions like Frozen Throne or BroodWar. To me, those are just part of the game. It's like they were supposed to be in the original, but ran out of time and then finished it up and sold it as an expansion.

Of course, all this is from memory and it would kill some of the nostalgia if I looked it up. Some of it may be a bit out of order, but it looks right to me and everything is there as far as I can tell.

Seven games. Seven games in over 12 years. Not exactly what I could call a LOT of games, but not too shabby either if you really only have one product manager.

It's in KOREA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908661)

Of course it's fucking StarCraft II.

They've said the same thing about SC for years (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908669)

Literally... years, since Warcraft III at least. I'm thinking it'll be Galaxy of Starcraft or some such, because they need something to keep the cash cow going.

cash cow? (1)

deft (253558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908843)

what, did a bazillion people stop playing WOW and I didn't hear about it?

as far as I kno,w blizzard is just fine.

I still play Starcraft. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908671)

So do all my friends.

Starcraft 2 would be sweet.

Re:I still play Starcraft. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909087)

you don't have any friends.

This is just in! (4, Funny)

scenestar (828656) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908673)

A certain company is Releasing "FOO" somewhere set to Release at a yet uncertain date.

No details are as of yet released, but rumour has it that it *might* be the highly anticipated s equal to their previous bestseller "BAR"

More details at eleven.

Re:This is just in! (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908795)

Does that mean we can purchase BAR now and get the FOO later? I love BAR FOO!

Re:This is just in! (1)

Doctor Faustus (127273) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909443)

No, no, "FOO" is a prequel.

Good Locale (3, Funny)

bstorer (738305) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908707)

Where better to announce Starcraft 2 than in Korea? Kekeke!

Re:Good Locale (2, Funny)

DanielG42 (906032) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909179)

In South Korea, only old people wait for the next release of Starcraft.

Reminds me (1)

Grashnak (1003791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908709)

This reminds me of an old saying... Ask her if she'll go home with you BEFORE you spend $50 on drinks....

Re:Reminds me (2, Insightful)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908753)

Yeah, man... would hate to not be able to buy some new game coming out.

Re:Reminds me (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908877)

That reminds me of a not-so-old saying: Let Grashnak buy her drinks, then Billco comes in for the steal :)

Re:Reminds me (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909075)

Yeah, but if you spend $50 on drinks with a girl, you can be pretty sure she'll be going home with you but if she has to take YOU home you'll find out she's a man.

Re:Reminds me (1)

Doctor Faustus (127273) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909485)

That came from Richard Feynman in something he wrote. I don't remember which essay it was, but it was while he was working at Cornell, which is only a range of a few years shortly after World War 2.

Re:Reminds me (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909495)

Old saying? Wasn't that one of Richard Feynman's quotes?

Starcraft 2... but it's an MMO... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908719)

http://blizzard.com/jobopp/ [blizzard.com]

Opportunities for a "next-gen MMO" makes me think if it's Starcraft 2... it's not going to be an RTS... :/

Let's pray they don't ruin the good name Starcraft has, eh?

-- newbyx86

Re:Starcraft 2... but it's an MMO... (2, Insightful)

Presence2 (240785) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909015)

The RTS genre that SC pioneered is pretty much dead. C&C and all the (many, way too many) clones beat that horse to death. Blizz probably knows making another RTS, even a very sexy next-gen RTS, will never have the market impact that a new StarCraft MMOG would.

Starcraft Ghost? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908735)

Maybe this will be the official announcement of Starcraft: Ghost [wikipedia.org] in a MMORPG format. I saw a preview for that a number of years ago but the project seemed to disappear rather quickly.

In other news (0, Redundant)

Alb_Be (972418) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908783)

Necraft Confirms Something Dying, May Be BSD

Korea? Bet it's Starcraft-related (4, Informative)

rsborg (111459) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908797)

Since Korea is the worldwide capitol of Starcraft players.

Also it's not a total surprise given the hints [wikipedia.org] that Blizzard has been putting out (validity of "hints" left as an exercise to reader).

Re:Korea? Bet it's Starcraft-related (1, Funny)

HolyCause (936755) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909601)

Since Korea is the worldwide capitol of Starcraft players.

Though it's completely off-topic, I'd like to correct you on your use of "capitol". The correct word you're looking for is capital (derived from the Latin word "caput", meaning "head"), unless Starcraft is somehow very political in nature.

WoW/WoS? (0)

PhunkySchtuff (208108) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908799)

Warcraft -> World of Warcraft

Starcraft -> World of Starcraft

I, for one, welcome our new starcrafting overlords!

Re:WoW/WoS? (5, Funny)

Lord_Breetai (66113) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908919)

I, for one, welcome our new starcrafting overlords!

Spawn more overlords!

Re:WoW/WoS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909091)

Dammit, mods, where are you? That was hilarious.

Re:WoW/WoS? (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909067)

"World" of Starcraft? Please, Starcraft spans multiple planets. Worlds of Starcraft, maybe, but that interferes with their title for World of Warcraft, so maybe Starcraft Universe or something cool like that.

Re:WoW/WoS? (1)

bubkus_jones (561139) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909135)

WOW now takes place on multiple worlds (heheh). However, they JUST released Burning Crusade, and they're just about to release a patch that unlocks the final dungeon. I really doubt that they're going to announce another MMORPG. How many people would be willing to spend the time/money on both? How many Starcraft fans aren't also Warcraft fans?

Re:WoW/WoS? (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909147)

Well I'm not really a Warcraft fan. I like WoW but I don't find it important enough to pay a monthly fee for (don't want to go into why, I know exactly why they do it) but I think Starcraft is much better.

Eh (1)

Chiaro Meratilo (1036598) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908811)

I'd rather it be Diablo 3, but whatever...

Re:Eh (2, Interesting)

Kaleo (1041478) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909045)

I second that. Diablo 2 was, in my opinion, the greatest game ever made. I'm still playing it. Also, Diablo and Diablo 2 to this day are the only non-MMORPG RPGs that I have ever personally seen girls play on a regular basis. How's that for mainstream? Wake up Blizzard. Make Diablo 3.

Re:Eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909113)

I still play too! In fact I help mod a private server! Check out www.TheRuinsOfHell.com

Re:Eh (2, Interesting)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909197)

I'm dreading Diablo III. The Blizzard North that made Diablo/Diablo II is long gone, and I'm dreading to see what travesty the current Blizzard comes up with to slap the Diablo brand name on.

I'm suspecting Diablo III will be to Diablo II what Master of Orion III was to Master of Orion II.

Re:Eh (1)

Bobo_The_Boinger (306158) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909383)

Damn you for making me remember Master of Orion 3! I had almost forgotten it! I remember starting the game up, playing a few rounds, then I ended up just hitting "next turn" about 50 times because I was completely confused. After hitting it to see what would happen, the game told me I won. I sat staring at it for a few minutes, then quietly put it away and never brought it out again... As I said, damn you!

Re:Eh (1)

Grant_Watson (312705) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909431)

I'm suspecting Diablo III will be to Diablo II what Master of Orion III was to Master of Orion II.

This line should open every horror movie made until Diablo III. Even if it does cost them the NC-17 rating.

Re:Eh (1)

Kaleo (1041478) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909487)

I didn't know that Blizzard North is no more. That's pretty sad. But maybe we will get lucky. I thought the Thief series was going to disappear or suck horribly after Looking Glass shut down, but Ion Storm managed to develop Thief III into a pretty damn good game.

Maybe someone at current Blizzard will have what it takes to make a proper Diablo 3...

Re:Eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909127)

You might not be disappointed.

Petition (1)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909171)

There's an online petition designed to get D3 out here [diablo3.com] , but the petition probably doesn't do much, since I'm pretty sure they've already got something in the works, and its pretty obvious that everyone wants another.

Another expansion pack (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908827)

I bet they'll introduce the new "World of Starcraft" with an expansion pack for WoW. Just when a new guild is about to take down Kel'Thuzad for the first time, and a voice will come out of no-where and announce "Nuclear Launch Detected".

Re:Another expansion pack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909059)

No no, it's: "N-N-N-N-N-Nuclear launch detected." as six nukes descend onto Kel'Thuzad's stronghold.

Gotta love the ghost rush.

Re:Another expansion pack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909255)

Personally, I'd like to see Blackrock spire get taken out by yamato cannon.

This post has given me a idea (0, Troll)

computerchimp (994187) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908849)

Hey Cmdr.
This post has given me an idea. How about a monthly vote on the lamest "news" posts for the month?

Everyone realizes that not every post can be a winner, but, sometimes a post just reaches that extra bit further down and pulls out that special
something.

CC

Re:This post has given me a idea (0)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908893)

I would recommend reading the article - my intent was not to tell you everything it said in 5 lines, you know?

MMO (1)

Bo'Bob'O (95398) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908851)

I hope they really make some improvements in the AI, assuming it's still an RTS. As much as I love playing online.. now and again.. sometimes i like to move at my own pace, or don't want to be rude to people if I know I might have to leave in the middle of a game. In too many games single player is just a joke. Sure they can give it perfect accuracy in an FPS, or make it cheat in an RTS, but I'd really like to see something that gives me something at least close to playing with a person. I enjoyed Warcraft 3, but in my opinion at least, single player was awful.

Obviously it won't ever be perfect, but mutiplayer seems to have made game makers lazy when it comes to single player, if they even try at all.

Please, let it NOT be... (1)

JFMulder (59706) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908871)

Galaxy of Starcraft or any other MMO. Please stay true to the Starcraft roots Blizzard. There are enough MMO right now and besides why would you create something that would take WoW players from you and convert them to GoS players?

I want the rest of the story. I want to see it all. I need a really good RTS so I can justify buying a new computer. I know there are a bunch of really cool RTS right now, but I'm a console player and nothing less than Starcraft 2 can bring me back to PC gaming.

Re:Please, let it NOT be... (1)

cHiphead (17854) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908941)

I'd like to see a good, fully modernized version of Shattered Galaxy [shatteredgalaxy.com] , its like starcraft if it actually required minimal tactical strategy competence.

Cheers.

Ghost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908889)

I bet they're going to announce that they remembered they were working on Starcraft: Ghost.

kr? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18908901)

"announce a new product at their World Wide Invitation in Korea"
Korea? Yeah id say its a hilariously good chance its starcraft

Please..please.. don't be Glaxies of Starcraft! (1)

Spaztian (1041588) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908927)

I really hope Blizzard return to the RTS scene with a good sequal to Starcraft. I can't believe it, almost 10 years ago I finished Starcraft's epic story line and really was hanging out for the next chapter in the series. I just hope it's not a Warcraft 3 type RTS/RPG. I really want something a little more....traditional. I'm not saying leave the Starcraft engine alone - I'm just ready for something new and better. Oh. yeah, I'm not even going to accept the possability that this could be an MMO! Nope. Nah! Sorry - NO! Blizzard wouldn't... even if it would end up making them more money... right? :s

BLizzard said no (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908967)

"... 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."

hello? that sounds like it is not SC2

Re:BLizzard said no (1)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908975)

One month from now is both in the future and not the present. While you may be right, the possibility exists that Blizzard does plan to announce SC2 -- but didn't want to say so. We're dealing with PR-speak, you see.

wtf? (3, Insightful)

sloth jr (88200) | more than 7 years ago | (#18908989)

Why is a sequel something to get thrilled about? How about a TRULY new game from Blizzard?!?

Re:wtf? (1)

Helios1182 (629010) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909011)

Because it seems that even when they make a sequel or modification to an existing franchise they produce a fantastic game. I wouldn't mind a new game, but I would also love a new version of StarCraft updated to something even better.

Re:wtf? (1)

Guuge (719028) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909163)

Blizzard doesn't do creativity. Their top game is an Everquest clone that continues a franchise based on a setting created by Games Workshop. They haven't had an original title since Diablo in 1996, which is just a simplified dungeon crawler with online play.

Could it be a new diablo instead? (1)

ShadowHywind (1028398) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909037)

Didn't blizzard just look for a new leader to lead the diablo team not that long ago?

Re:Could it be a new diablo instead? (2, Interesting)

RandomPrecision (911416) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909501)

They let all of Blizzard North go several years ago, so I doubt it. Blizzard North has since essentially reformed as Castaway Entertainment, and they're currently working on Hellgate: London, if I'm not mistaken.

No real secret (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909047)

Its a not very well kept secret that Blizzard has been working on StarCraft 2 for a few months.

Oh no Blizzard! Plug the leaks! Or at least don't let your employees go drinking in Irvine anymore!

I hope SC2 isn't like WC3... (2, Interesting)

RichPowers (998637) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909051)

I loved Warcraft I and II, but I lost interest when Bliz started emphasized the cartoony fantasy elements instead of the all-out war between the Alliance and the Horde. The RPG-esque elements of WC3 never appealed to me and the lower unit count drove me nuts. I loved the fast-and-furious RTS experience provided by the first two.

In doing so, Blizz set the groundwork for the successful fantasy world that is WoW, but it still doesn't make me happy :)

I will be somewhat disappointed in they take the same route in the next Starcraft.

What this proves... (3, Insightful)

Phase Shifter (70817) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909109)

Is that any sufficiently rabid fanboi will see what he wants, regardless of whether it flat-out contradicts the obvious.

To paraphrase Blizzard: "We're about to announce a new game, and we really want to do something with the Starcraft franchise, but this ain't it."
Rabid fanboi writing article: "Woohoo! Blizz said Starcraft! Blizz said new game! This is it, Starcraft 2 next month!"

It's a shame, because I would really like to see another Starcraft. Unfortunately the fanbois are probably scaring Blizzard away from actually doing it, since they know the first screenshots or videos released from beta will set off a torrent of bad press from people saying "What is this crap? They were saying this was ready for release like two years ago, and this is all they have?"

Re:What this proves... (1)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909141)

Blizzard fanboy? Me? Hah, right. I suck at Starcraft :P

Re:What this proves... (5, Interesting)

themildassassin (1094497) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909507)

Why paraphrase when you can just copy and post the quote?
"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. 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."

Now let me paraphrase, the first part is saying "We have a secret.", the second part is saying "and we really like Starcraft.", and the last part, "but we can't tell you anything yet."

I think you are missing something or I am. This is ambiguous PR talk, but nowhere does it state that they are defiantly not going to do Starcraft, in fact they seem to be suggesting that it is in fact a Starcraft game, or they are a bunch of serious teases.

Also, "fanboi"? Is your disdain of the English language so great that you need to strike out at all of us like that?

Re:What this proves... (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909639)

It's a shame, because I would really like to see another Starcraft. Unfortunately the fanbois are probably scaring Blizzard away from actually doing it, since they know the first screenshots or videos released from beta will set off a torrent of bad press from people saying "What is this crap? They were saying this was ready for release like two years ago, and this is all they have?"
Fortunately for you and me, I think there's a strong chance that it might be a starcraft title. They put a lot of development into Starcraft:Ghost ( at one point they had some 100 screenshots of *gameplay* on the website), which apparently was shelved by Vivendi, against the wishes of the developers. Ghost was supposed to be an FPS role-play for gaming consoles. There are also indications, specifically the posting for a job opening for the next-gen MMO, that the new title could be an MMO. It may be that they took all the development for Ghost and repurposed it as an MMO.

Blizzard is a maverick in the games industry, in that they don't pump out crap title after crap title. They spend a long time developing a solid product. This goes against the wishes of their fans, who want new games now, and also their shareholders, who want new revenue now. They just seem to steadfastly develop quality products -- look at the years they delayed Warcraft III. That's unheard of in the games industry. So I don't think they are scared by fanbois -- fanbois will buy any crap that comes out; certainly they will buy Blizzard's new title no matter what. They waited years for WCIII, and it was successful; they have no choice but to wait the years for whatever Blizzard announces next.

I'll go out on a limb with my personal opinion... (1)

alshithead (981606) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909117)

Starcraft 2? Yay!

I have a big caveat to my first impulse though. Please, please, make sure that the stand alone version is as good, if not better than the original. My game time is limited. I don't play any games online so if there is a new Starcraft, I need there to be an awesome stand alone version.

How about confirming that Red 5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909211)

is working on a Tribes esque MMOFPS?

It's probably a new MMO (1, Interesting)

geek (5680) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909235)

http://www.blizzard.com/jobopp/ [blizzard.com]

They posted a new lead engine developer job opening today for a "next gen mmo" which WoW most definitely is not. Count on a new MMO.

Probably Starcraft but lets hope for Diablo. What I'd REALLY like is something entirely new. Rehashing old stuff gets wel..... old.

Re:It's probably a new MMO (1)

themildassassin (1094497) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909529)

Would they really announce a game that they haven't even hired a lead engine developer for?

They usually have something to show when they announce a new game, especially after not announcing anything for 4 years.

I can't believe this is on the front page (0, Troll)

DefenderThree (920248) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909253)

"May Be Starcraft 2"? Yeah, it could also be "Starcraft Karoake Supernova Party" or "Warcraft Artbook Viewer Deluxe."

Seriously, who the hell put this thing on the front page?

Diablo 3 (1)

gkrat (1031506) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909297)

I'd personally vote for diablo 3, bliz already said they're making one eventually. I suppose that would cut more into the WoW crowd though, and end up hurting themselves (i know it'd get me off WoW). That actually might be what the mmo is. Maybe a world of diablo style thing. Rather then morpg, make it an mmorpg.

WoS doesn't make biz sense... (1)

vandezuma (875570) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909347)

Why develop something which can only compete with their biggest source of revenue? If they came out with it, it would mostly just draw people away from WoW. I think they'd be much better off expanding on the Starcraft RTS and making it even more unique and interesting. Then again I could be totally wrong and we will all eventually bow down to our Blizzard overlords.

Starcraft II (5, Informative)

Frozen Void (831218) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909351)

Starcraft could be the perfect strategy game if it was more editable and several fixes were applied.
(applies to Battle.net itself too)
The map editor sucks(by capabilities,everyone uses Starforge).
Games start with delay of 5 seconds.
Ladder was so prone to abuse blizzard closed it on all gateways.
When someone's client doesn't respond,game DOES NOT drop him,but instead freezees the game,
shows a non-modal timeout screen,for 40 seconds and then at 0:00 it could just stop if the player uses
the very popular lag hack.
Maphack and other exploits are not fixed.Maphack gives an enormous advantage in Starcraft.
Dragoon(and several other units) AI dances around when used with obstacles.
Pairs of units start dancing when they can't decide the right of way(heading towards each other).
All channels on battle.net with exception of 20-30 are not shown in channel list(it probably a crude anti-spam measure blizzard "invented").
The ability to save games is limited to host(unlike replays).
The random element of 70% chance firing to higher ground does not belong in this game.
When connecting to battle.net client opens 7-10 extra connections to the same server,and closes them only after several minutes pass.
Friendlists are limited to 20.
ignore lists are stored server side and reset each time you login.
Ums Map preview is disabled for some reason.
Maps in singleplayer list are limited to 1024 IIRC,beyond that it just doesn't displays them (batlle.net list works fine).
Spam bots which spam each 60 seconds are never banned and players who speak too fast are kicked out from the server.
Replays must be passworded games only.
The observer glitch:when observer is exactly on center of missile turret, missile turret stops firing and just freezes.
You need to place map revealers and disable fog of war,but cannot make the map be visible 100% in UMS without this.
Unit range,cooldown,AI etc are not modifiable by editor.
lack of math operations and variables in editor.
Spells/abilities are not modifiable and cannot be cast by triggers with exception of few.
Direct coordinates and locations are not supported.

the list goes on and on.

Re:Starcraft II (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909519)

A lot of those issues fall into one of two camps: either the issue was found because the game has been played millions of times and picked apart and hacked to death, that of course bugs are going to crop up; or the issue is with battle.net or the online play in general. The first will always be around because when a game is as popular as StarCraft, people are going to dig into it and find these exploits and bugs. The second will undoubtedly be improved upon as Blizzard has got a lot more experience under their belt with WoW when it comes to delivering an online experience.

I'm not saying you shouldn't complain, I'm just saying that when a game has been out for almost a decade and is played professionally by some people, issues will be found.

Can Starcraft 2 ever meet expactations? (5, Insightful)

Hackie_Chan (678203) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909497)

Scenario A) The game will not follow the exact same formula, instead taking the original and building upon it. Substantial changes to game play and design are bound, implementing common features available in modern RTS games.

People will complain that Starcraft 2 is too different from the original.

Scenario B) The game is a minimalist upgrade. Basically being the original but in 3D, with the intention of not trying to break a tried and true formula.

People will complain that Starcraft 2 is too similar to the original (see reception of Command and Conquer 3).

Jay Wilson (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18909581)

There is a rumour that Relic's lead designer Jay Wilson moved from Relic to Blizzard.

only vulcans should have pointy ears.. (1)

Candera (914926) | more than 7 years ago | (#18909615)

please please please please please please please be world of starcraft.. I hate elves.
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