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Blizzard's StarCraft II Delayed Big Time

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No StarCraft II for you this Christmas.

This afternoon Blizzard announced that the first installment of StarCraft II--entitled Wings of Liberty--will not hit retail stores at the end of the year as originally reported. In fact, the game is now slated for the first half of 2010. The company blames the game's delay on the upgrading process for Battle.net, saying that it's taken longer than expected to prepare the revamped service.

"The upgraded Battle.net is an integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward," Blizzard's PR team explained. "This extra development time will be critical to help us realize our vision for the service."

Blizzard goes on to say that the company mission is to develop games that deliver an epic entertainment experience, and that means taking the extra time to ensure that games such as StarCraft II live up to Blizzard's highest standards. Hopefully the extra time will allow Blizzard to re-think its stance of excluding LAN play, and implement the support before the new release date.

"As we work to make Battle.net the premier online gaming destination, we’ll also continue to polish and refine StarCraft II, and we look forward to delivering a real-time strategy gaming experience worthy of the series’ legacy in the first half of 2010," the company added.

So much for vegging in front of the PC during the holidays.

[Updated 08/05/09: Updated for clarity and error in date.]

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    jfreggie , August 5, 2009 10:37 PM
    That's ok Blizzard... take your time with it. After its realease, it's just going to sit on the store shelves as we punish you for not giving us LAN support!
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    blarneypete , August 5, 2009 10:32 PM
    Yawn.. Is anybody surprised? As for me, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for Duke Nukem Forever! :p 
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    BallistaMan , August 5, 2009 10:44 PM
    Release it with LAN support at the end of the year, then patch in Battle.net later when it's ready. I could live with that. :p 
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    blarneypete , August 5, 2009 10:32 PM
    Yawn.. Is anybody surprised? As for me, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for Duke Nukem Forever! :p 
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    IronRyan21 , August 5, 2009 10:33 PM
    WTF! I don't even know what to say. Delay, Delay, No Lan, Delay........
    FFS Blizzard, hire some more people.
  • 41 Hide
    jfreggie , August 5, 2009 10:37 PM
    That's ok Blizzard... take your time with it. After its realease, it's just going to sit on the store shelves as we punish you for not giving us LAN support!
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    megabuster , August 5, 2009 10:38 PM
    Delay??!! New Engine, better graphics please.
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    erichlund , August 5, 2009 10:39 PM
    Perhaps I'm not reading correctly, but isn't the first half of 2010 the period from January through June? A release in March would be, in my book, the first half of 2010. July 1 would fall under second half of 2010, if just barely.
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    Regulas , August 5, 2009 10:43 PM
    @jfreggie
    That's ok Blizzard... take your time with it. After its realease, it's just going to sit on the store shelves as we punish you for not giving us LAN support!

    and trying to sell us a game in three instalments. Keep it Blizzard until I can pick it up with all the parts included.
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    BallistaMan , August 5, 2009 10:44 PM
    Release it with LAN support at the end of the year, then patch in Battle.net later when it's ready. I could live with that. :p 
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    Kaiser_25 , August 5, 2009 10:46 PM
    BNet is so fail
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    sdcaliceli , August 5, 2009 10:52 PM
    For those of us that like to play custom maps on battle.net through Warcraft 3 got the shaft yesterday when this "update" went through. Now even the most popular of maps, DOtA 6.61b does not work. Blizzard, i hate you.
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    cekasone , August 5, 2009 10:58 PM
    I am not surprised. To be honest I think blizzard wants to ride out World of Warcraft before they release a new game. And with the lack of LAN support, many people may hold off on the game even when it finally is released. Also, whats up with Diablo III?
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    rigaudio , August 5, 2009 11:01 PM
    They've obviously had a change of heart and are developing a LAN system. I mean, what company DOESN'T change its product after people complain?
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    rawk1t , August 5, 2009 11:05 PM
    why release SC2 when WOW is still making bank? Blizzard knows whats up.
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    hispeed120 , August 5, 2009 11:07 PM
    I've waited for some time before saying something critical about Tom's lack of proofreading, but come on guys.

    "First half of 2010. Did you catch that? That means the game won't make an appearance before July 1, 2010."

    It's as if you type things mindlessly as fast as you can just to get an article out...

    Back on track:
    I suppose it is too much to hope for that the petitions that have gone around maybe held some water, and Blizzard is also adding LAN support along with fixing Bnet? An optimist can only hope...

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    B-Unit , August 5, 2009 11:11 PM
    "First half of 2010. Did you catch that? That means the game won't make an appearance before July 1, 2010."

    What definition of half are you using? That means it will release sometime between 1 January 2010 and 1 July 2010. After July 1 it would be second half.
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    Anonymous , August 5, 2009 11:17 PM
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but "first half" simply means any time from January to around July, more likely past March, since it is not Q1.

    Also, for anyone still complaining about the fact that it is being sold as "three games" needs to realize that the other two are expansions. The first one will have up to thirty missions, and that is the norm (or even bigger) than most strategy games.
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    wasteoftime , August 5, 2009 11:23 PM
    We can all go back to playing StarCraft: Ghost in the meantime.
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    Anonymous , August 5, 2009 11:36 PM
    Let's see:
    1. no lan
    2. a single game now broken up into three parts
    3. the usual Blizzard hype

    I'll wait for all three parts to be released..then wait for the bundle to be released THEN wait for the bundle to be 50 bucks(roughly the cost of the original non-split version)
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    dechy , August 5, 2009 11:38 PM
    "What definition of half are you using? That means it will release sometime between 1 January 2010 and 1 July 2010. After July 1 it would be second half."

    Actually, you all should read between the lines... I'm not going to say I can read minds, but since WHEN has Blizzard ever stuck to a date? Yeah... always add a few months to their statements. They were saying before Christmas, I personally was thinking "never going to happen". Now they actually say first half, I'm thinking more like second half.

    Mediocre graphics, rehash of too many units, 3 seperate campaign releases, no LAN, solely dependant on utterly useless Battle.NET... I don't understand why something like this wasn't released 3 years ago.

    They have all the money in the world (in the gaming business sense) to upgrade BNET in WEEKS. They're reinstating LAN back, it's almost the only reason to give an additional 6 month window on this game.

    Riding WoW is one thing, but the games are in 2 completely different genre that I doubt they'll see SC2 as even a minuscule threat to their WoW user base. If this was D3 though, I could see wanting to ride WoW a bit longer.
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    JMcEntegart , August 5, 2009 11:42 PM
    God, I'm so tired of waiting.
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