E3: Starcraft 2 - Expected release date revealed - Update
At the E3 first information about the release date of Blizzard's new real-time strategy game Starcraft 2 has been revealed.
Though Blizzard decided not to be at the E3 this year, first official information about their new RTS Starcraft 2 emerged just in time for the fair.
For the first time Maik Morhaime, Studio CEO, spoke about the release date of the eagerly awaited game. If the development proceeds as smoothly as before a release at the end of this year might be possible - provided that the game meets the targeted quality standards.
As we already reported Blizzard is planning to start a Closed Beta in summer. Registrations are already possible. However, you will need an original Blizzard game with Battlenet access.
Another development might please fans of the original Starcraft: It has been confirmed that Robert Clotworthy will once again lend his voice to the character Jim Raynor. This information might have calmed sown the situation after it has been revealed that Starcraft 2 will not offer multiplayer via LAN. Fans have already started a petition asking Blizzard to change their decision. If you want to know more about the technical base of the forthcoming RTS game you might want to check out our article Starcraft 2: Technology and engine dissected.
Update: June 19, 2009
After Blizzard's plan to release Starcraft 2 in 2009 was emphasized at the E3, the Lead Designer of the game, Chris Sigaty, now gave a similar statement at the Swedish Dream Hack. If Starcraft 2 is good and ready until late 2009 it will be published this year.
There still is no information yet on when the Beta will be launched, but it is expected that the test phase could begin in June even.
More interesting links about Starcraft 2:
• Blizzard: Starcraft 2 Beta and new Battle.Net in 2009
• Starcraft 2: The visual differences of the Zerg
• Starcraft 2 meets Lego