"Next year's offerings from Activision Blizzard should include highly anticipated PC strategy title StarCraft II, the sequel to one of the world's most enduringly popular games," Activision Asia Pacific publishing VP Phillip Early claimed at the Activate Asia Pacific, which was attended by StarCraftWire.Net.
Though Earl's comment point to a likely 2009 release, Blizzard is notorious for only releasing its games when they're done. In addition to StarCraft II, the studio is currently wrapping up work on the second World of Warcraft expansion pack--Wrath of the Lich King, due out this year--along with Diablo III and an unannounced "next-gen" MMO.
That gives me all year to play through the original and expansion and get familiar. If this is as fun as Warcraft III was to me, i'll be playing it for years and years.