StarCraft 2 Now A Trilogy, Three Campaigns to Be Split Into Separate Games

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Blizzard today announced that StarCraft II will be released as a trilogy of separate games, each concentrating on one of the universe's three factions.

The first game in the trilogy will consist of the Terran campaign, and is set to be titled "Terrans: Wings of Liberty."

The second Zerg-focused title will be "Zerg: Heart of the Swarm," with the third game being "Protoss: Legacy of the Void." "[The second and third games] will be like expansion packs, but we really want them to feel like standalone products," said Blizzard's Rob Pardo.

Each campaign will be very different, with Pardo announcing the Zerg campaign will contain RPG elements. The Protoss campaign will likewise be differentiated by elements of diplomacy. In addition, the Terran campaign will feature a Protoss mini-campaign.

The campaigns are planned as concentrated, epic storylines, with enough content to justify a full release. As a result, the games will now feature more in-game cinematics and story content.

Blizzard added that the plans for the multiplayer component are unchanged by the splitting of the campaigns. However, some units will now be unique to the campaigns and will not be playable in multiplayer.

Pardo noted that the decision was necessary to maintain the quality of the product, the alternatives either being a long delay of the game, or a scaling back of the campaigns.

More details may become available during BlizzCon, which continues through this weekend.

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    October 10, 2008 3:44 PM

    I don't want to spend $150 on a fucking game, this is bullshit.

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      October 10, 2008 3:47 PM

      would you feel differently if they had just announced they were planning 2 expansion packs for it?

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        October 10, 2008 3:51 PM

        Yes, since expansion packs are generally 30 bucks, a total of $110, you still save 40 bucks, get more units and new content and they are generally released a six months to a year after the initial game is released which keeps general interest in the game.

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          October 10, 2008 3:57 PM

          40 dollars over the course of 5 years... and they never said they wouldn't release new units?

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            October 10, 2008 3:58 PM

            Why would they release new terran units with a zerg only campaign? That makes no sense.

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              October 10, 2008 4:10 PM

              they've mentioned they want to keep the multiplayer and single player experience separate. they could introduce new units in MP while keeping SP consistent with lore.

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        October 10, 2008 3:53 PM

        Obviously that depends on how they were priced.

        I hope if they are going to require fans to buy all three that they reduce the price a bit on all three. This doesn't sound like a typical expansion pack scenario though.

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      October 10, 2008 3:55 PM

      What if it's $40 for each, or less!

      Hahaha, Saying that would probably get you fired at blizzard.