StarCraft II NDA Lifted, Details Unleashed

Now that Blizzard lifted the NDA on StarCraft II, those in the press that acquired an early taste of the game or exclusive insider details have finally posted the content online, revealing quite a load of juicy info. IncGamers is one of the first, announcing that trial versions will not be available until after the retail version ships. Additionally, Blizzard plans to use DRM as well as release downloadable content (DLC) and expansions as seen with the original StarCraft.

"There is also a bunch of stuff that I am sure will occur on Battle.net in terms of feature improvements for the core game itself that will not be quite worthy enough for one of our expansion products, but we want to do it now," said Blizzard's Dustin Browder. "So I am sure there will be stuff in between."

VG247 is also reporting that there is no co-op campaign planned, based on a comment Browder made last month. Additionally, Shacknews posted a lengthy hands-on preview, adding that the game is not only delayed due to Battle.net, but portions of the single-player campaign were "somewhat" unfinished, shedding some light on the game's overall delay (from its original Q4 2009 release date). Browder also revealed to Shack that one entire system "was being reworked from the ground up."

Blues News provides an additional list of new StarCraft II media, with a StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty story/gameplay movie on YouTube, an "Old Rivals" cinematic trailer on GameTrailers, and a few new screenshots over on CVG. Blues also provides links to additional previews and Q&As with Rob Pardo and other Blizzard developers.

Also, for fans wanting to convince Blizzard to include LAN play, there's a petition right here, now featuring over 100,000 signatures and awaits your John Hancock.

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  • DRM? Nice..... Arent there people who do not buy games just because of DRM, or am i thinking of something else?
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  • DRM, Must be connected to battlenet, no co-op, no lan...

    Sounds like another winner to me!
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  • DRM!!......Hmm... is internet access going to be "REQUIRED" for playing SCII?.... even just for the single player mode?

    I like SC... but... no LAN... DRM...

    hmmm... where is the Blizzard I used to know?.... now the only thing left for me to recognize it is just the "you never know when" type of release date.

    With these many of ceazy stuffs... SCII better to be "GREAT" if not "instant classic" when is finally released (sometime NEXT year?... I hope)...
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  • DRM? Nice..... Arent there people who do not buy games just because of DRM, or am i thinking of something else?
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  • Depends on the DRM. Although with a game of this hype, DRM isn't going to scare off too many people.
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  • Having DRM on that game pretty much kills what little incentive I had for buying it. I thought it might be interesting, but I'm not gonna put up with DRM for that over hyped game. I won't be playing that one.
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