Psst. Hey. Hey you. Want to hear a secret? Promise not to tell anyone else? Alright then, here goes…
You know that epic strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft II? You know, the one with the insanely addictive multiplayer and the blockbuster singleplayer campaign featuring the human army, the Terran? Yeah, that StarCraft II!
It’s just been released today! After years in development, StarCraft II is finally out!
… yes, “that’s my secret”! What do you mean “you already know”?
Yes, that’s right! From North America to Brazil, South Africa to Europe, and South Korea to Australia, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is now available around the world.
CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment Mike Morhaime had this to say (perhaps gushing a little):
“We’ve worked hard to deliver an epic continuation of the StarCraft story line as well as the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
“Combined with the next-generation online environment of the new Battle.net, we believe players will agree that StarCraft II offers an experience unlike anything we’ve ever created, and we’re excited to finally be able to share it with them.”
As the sequel to the enormously popular 1998 release, StarCraft, the story of StarCraft II picks up where the Brood War expansion left off, as former marshal Jim Raynor leads a rebellion, while other familiar faces and heroes also feature:
“Players can tailor the experience, choosing their own mission path and selecting technology and research upgrades to suit their playing style throughout the 29-mission campaign. Several challenge-mode mini-games are also included, with focused goals designed to ease players into the basics of multiplayer strategies.”
That’s all in the singleplayer campaign, though. The multiplayer of StarCraft II promises to be nothing less than amazing, and as those in the recent beta can attest, dangerously addictive, with access to Protoss, Terran and Zerg factions all with new and familiar units and abilities.
At the heart of it all is Blizzard’s Battle.net, the companies online gaming service that features voice communication, cloud file storage, leagues and ladders, achievements, stat-tracking, “and more.”
For all you StarCraft II newbies out there, be sure to watch the two included overview videos below, introducing you to the StarCraft II campaign and Blizzard’s Battle.net service:
StarCraft II – Campaign Overview
“A formal introduction to the StarCraft II campaign in Wings of Liberty.”
StarCraft II – Battle.net Overview
“See how the new Battle.net will affect the way you interact with other gamers online!”