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StarCraft II NDA Lifted, Details Unleashed

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Blizzard lifted the NDA for StarCraft II info.

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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    born2rade , August 17, 2009 9:47 PM
    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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    Honis , August 17, 2009 10:29 PM
    DRM, Must be connected to battlenet, no co-op, no lan...

    Sounds like another winner to me!
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    pharge , August 17, 2009 10:04 PM
    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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  • 24 Hide
    born2rade , August 17, 2009 9:47 PM
    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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    astrodudepsu , August 17, 2009 9:52 PM
    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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    megamanx00 , August 17, 2009 9:56 PM
    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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    pharge , August 17, 2009 10:04 PM
    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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    jalek , August 17, 2009 10:25 PM
    Well.. I'm sure the pirated version won't have DRM.

    Unique CD keys seem to work for most games authenticating to a central server, like battle.net. Maybe they'll add in SecureROM so it can authenticate elsewhere and restrict installs.

    Another I'll skip. GG.
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    Zoonie , August 17, 2009 10:26 PM
    Blizz was lost the day they got Vivendi as parent. Gone are the days of putting their gamers first.

    Now it's all about the cash and how fast it can be made.
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    Xzar , August 17, 2009 10:27 PM
    Starcraft 2 will have DLC. I hope the DLC will only be for the single player campaign.

    If they release DLC that will affect multiplayer games, such as new units, then everyone who likes to compete on the ladder will have to buy that DLC just to keep up.

    Let's say you have a 1900 rating, then blizzard releases new corsairs, devourers and valkyries units as DLC. If I don't buy that particular DLC, I'll be stuck playing with a smaller player pool.

    I hope new multiplayer units will be limited to the expansions. They had add the quests and DLC fluff they want for single player, just as long as it doesn't affect multiplayer ladders.
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    timaahhh , August 17, 2009 10:27 PM
    DRM prevents some from buying games. However Valve made DRM friendly through steam (at least with first party games). Virtually all games have DRM in some shape or form. Internet access is also required with most valve games as well. I have not heard to many complaints their. Prolly cause valve is seen as a hip company.
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    Honis , August 17, 2009 10:29 PM
    DRM, Must be connected to battlenet, no co-op, no lan...

    Sounds like another winner to me!
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    hopiamani , August 17, 2009 10:33 PM
    DRM?! More details please!
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    tayb , August 17, 2009 10:56 PM
    Wasn't going to buy the game anyways unless they budged on the LAN. Not at all interested in the game anymore.
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    masterclam , August 17, 2009 10:57 PM
    they must be doing the lack of lan because they know people are going to pirate it to protest the DRM; a real starcraft fan (everyone) would buy the game if it is anything close to the old one (Ive bought 5 or 6 copies over the years). Get your S**t together blizzard.
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    Burodsx , August 17, 2009 11:06 PM
    Would have been nice if DRM was even slightly explained in this article.
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    matt87_50 , August 17, 2009 11:16 PM
    wow, talk about a downer, was there any GOOD news to come out of the lifting of the NDA?
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    Anonymous , August 17, 2009 11:16 PM
    Hmmm, according to the DRM link in the article, online activation (sounds like SecuROM) AND a battle.net account will be required to install the game.

    I probably won't be buying this game until the price goes down to or under $20, which is what I did with BioShock and Mass Effect. The original StarCraft doesn't even have copy protection, let alone online activation, although they did add copy protection to WarCraft III.
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    iulianx , August 17, 2009 11:19 PM
    Am i the only one who doesn't know what NDA is? Define your abbreviations, please!
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    Shadow703793 , August 17, 2009 11:50 PM
    It's OK Blizzard....we'll just punish you by not buying your DRM games....
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    Shadow703793 , August 17, 2009 11:51 PM
    iulianxAm i the only one who doesn't know what NDA is? Define your abbreviations, please!

    NDA = Non disclosure agreement
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    Regulas , August 17, 2009 11:59 PM
    Let me see, 3 part game now with downloadable content as well and even smaller items to buy from battle-net to please all the kiddies and suck them dry of their cash, is what I think I read. Can you (Blizzard) think of any other way to try and milk us for as much cash as possible. I know subscription fees for battle-net now.
    No SC2 for me until a year or two when I can pick it all up in some type of game of the year release or something to that nature.
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    wongster , August 18, 2009 12:03 AM
    i too did not know what nda stood for
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