E3 '07: Starcraft II Impressions - A Few More Details

Blizzard Entertainment is mostly keeping quiet about its highly anticipated strategy sequel until its Blizzcon event in August, but we managed to get a few new details on the game.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.--The beautiful beachfront weather in Santa Monica is no match for an air-conditioned hotel suite where Blizzard Entertainment is talking details on Starcraft II, its highly anticipated strategy sequel. Apparently, the developer is holding back on disclosing too much while it prepares for its own convention, Blizzcon, later this summer, though we did get a chance to sit down with vice president of game design Rob Pardo to talk about a few new details.

Blizzard still seems focused on discussing the Protoss, one of the three playable races in both the original Starcraft and in the sequel. The Protoss remain the game's finesse faction--as before, they'll bring smaller armies with fewer, more-powerful units into battle, as opposed to the larger contingents of Terran space marines and the overwhelming hordes of the Zerg. Pardo explains that the studio is in a "heavy design phase," where different units are being designed, redesigned, and merged on a regular basis. The executive also suggests that not all of the units that have been shared with the public will make it into the final game--many will be scrapped or have their abilities combined with others to create final units.

While Pardo affirmed that previously discussed units such as the zealot infantry and immortal battle tank are still on the table, we were also introduced to several new units that hadn't been shown at Blizzard's previous event in May. These include the soul hunter, a hovering ground unit that can attack both air and ground opponents. Another new unit is the phase cannon, a stationary turret that can be changed into a hovering energy ball that can move like a normal unit, reminiscent of Warcraft III's wisp units, as long as it remains within range of the Protoss power grid. They can then be redeployed as stationary turrets to act as roadblocks or as forward firing lines. Other units include the tempest, a flying troop transport with an underside energy shield that protects against ground-to-air fire, but leaves the unit vulnerable to air-to-air attacks, and the return of the dark templar (which still has stealth abilities) and the high templar (which still possesses the devastating psi-storm ability) units. As before, templars can be merged to form archons, known as twilight archons in Starcraft II, which act as exceptionally powerful infantry units. Note that while all these units sound promising and offer intriguing new strategies, none of them are final. A completely different set of units may end up in the final game.

Keep in mind that Blizzard will likely unveil more information at its Blizzcon event in August. GameSpot will have more details as soon as they become available.

Discussion

86 comments
mageddo
mageddo

BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DIABLO 3 CONFIRMED, I SAW IN THE BLIZZARD HOMEPAGE THAT IT SAY: "BLIZZARD THE CREATOR OF DIABLO, DIABLO 2 IS LOOKING FOR (SOMETHING) PROGRAMMER, SADLY THEY DELETE THE IT FROM THE HOME PAGE

motang
motang

The more I read about this game the more I want it...crossing my fingers for mid 08 release.

EldarLord123
EldarLord123

AWESOME!! I'm too young to know about the original Starcraft but it's legacy is legendary. Can't wait! (which may be a problem considering its coming out late 2008 damn!)

Hector_01
Hector_01

Just like everyone, i am looking foward to this game. The only thing i am worried about is that it may have just too much hype to contend with so even if it is good it may not be good enough. And one more thing, i hope they change the look of the siege tanks cause they look crap.

amareen18
amareen18

i liked the first one very much i can't wait to see this one looks great :)

Hai_New
Hai_New

when this game will be released, i can't wait anymore

xboxdude101
xboxdude101

yeah im saying x-mas 2008 (sadly) but imo they need to take their time so they can make the best rts ever. im pre-ordering this game when it comes out...idc how much it costs

Taker0003
Taker0003

I don't see it making it to holiday this year but possibly mid-spring to mid-summer. we shouldn't rush them (except for the disappointment of a ?canceled? StarCraft: Ghost) as StarCraft was famous for its balance we need for this to be at its finest.

Ol187
Ol187

Most anticipated sequel in the rts genre! I just hope it will live up to its predecessors name.

REd_toe
REd_toe

I predict x-mas 2008. At least i hope so.

jacyp
jacyp

Well rik_zero, I HOPE that they change A LOT of things. I dont want starcraft. I want starcraft 2. I dont want to be back on 1997. I want to stay on 2007 with its awesome graphics and concepts. And as I can see on screen shots, SC2 is already obsolete. I crave to see many changes yet.

rik_zero
rik_zero

I don't really know what to expect. I do want Starcraft 2 to be an improvement over Starcraft. But I've played Starcraft for a very long time. Even on the Nintendo 64. I'm so used to it, that I worry then I read about the changes being done to the units. Replacing the Dragoons? Worrisome. Change the formula too much, and it ain't gonna be Starcraft. Don't get me wrong, I'm still looking forward to it. I know sequels are there to change and improve, but, let's say, Age of Empires III over Age of Empires II. That, IMHO, was a great mistake. Or, in another genre, Perfect Dark Zero (a rather lackluster title for the 360) over Perfect Dark (arguably one of the best games for N64). There is virtually nothing similar between both of them. Hopefully, Blizzard will do much better.

peterpk
peterpk

Hmmm how long time will it Blizzard to be done with the game

spindler
spindler

Hahahaha, that's a great analogy concealedview!

concealedview
concealedview

I think Blizzard uses the Pizza Hut approach to releasing their games. Have you ever orderer a pizza hut pizza and then the person on the phone says "45 minutes" and about 3 hours later your pizza comes to the door half cold and 2 hours and 15 minutes late. of course you could be mad that it came so late, and chances are you were before it got there. but after so much hunger and starvation the sight of the pizza box alone makes it all worth it...

JGall1979
JGall1979

Blizzard is releasing one game about 2-3 year's but then "wow" what a hell of a game this is. Better then all that is on the market.

gozalo
gozalo

Im worried about starcraft 2

Furiousxr
Furiousxr

cant wait for this game to release . The first was great

934400
934400

Starcraft II still looks good and I will still buy it, because its blizzard they rock!

jodamn
jodamn

I'm still playing the original SC! And terran *isn't* weak, it's maneuverable. Just ask SlayerS_Boxer :-) This game has VERY high expectations. If if was anyone except blizzard, I'd already be preparing myself for disappointment. Since it is blizzard, I'm preparing for a really big LAN party.

Mediko
Mediko

I ting that not only the Prostoss will have unit like the Mothership.... Blizzad may put one for the Zerg and one for the Terran

sc0rchedst0rm
sc0rchedst0rm

"I just hope that the Terran will not become so weak again" What...? Terran aren't exactly weak. They're probably the most used race in the E-sports scene. If anything, I hope Protoss and Zerg will be a bit more balanced, and that Zerg vs Zerg won't be so damn boring. "judging by the Protoss movie, I can't even think is there any unit in Terran disposal that can stop the Protoss Mothership ability ???" Lockdown + Nuke. The only time nukes are useful online is for blitzing a lockdown army of carriers or some such, so why would this be any different? Reaper will be OK assuming current mechanics aren't changed TOO much. Just leap in off the nearest cliff, kill a few probes, and run away again. Terran stuff is all about preperation. I seriously doubt the Terrans will get a single unit that can assault the Protoss Mothership, for example. But I'm sure that the mothership will have a damn hard time assaulting a prepared Terran. It'll just be important to know it's coming, is all, which was always the case with Starcraft. Scout, scout, and scout some more! Also, as regards the Reaper, does anyone think it should maybe have flamethrowers instead of pistols? In the PC Gamer video it seemed like it might have had a flamethrower. Most importantly though, Starcraft 2 will totally rock. I have absolute faith in Blizzard, they've never guided us wrong in the past.

ntnimara
ntnimara

I don't care!!!!! just gimme the game!!!

PHeMoX
PHeMoX

*Note that while all these units sound promising and offer intriguing new strategies, none of them are final.* Uuuuh, Gamespot that's not true, there are a lot of units that will be in there for sure: -The units chosen from SC1 will be in there. -They won't change the 'charger' ability of that protos unit, nor the shield ability. -The only thing 'non- final' seems to be graphics, but some artists told me most of it is 'near final' material. Off course now I'm talking about units that we've actually seen in action in in-game footage.

klinsi
klinsi

Doh... I can't believe that apparently one of Blizzard hobbies is to make their game fans to waaaaaaaiiiiiiiiitttttt sooooooo lllloooooooonnnnnnngggggg to even play their games I just hope that the Terran will not become so weak again cuz I am afraid that the Terran don't even have a TRULY GOOD units to compete with Protoss & Zerg cuz judging by the Protoss movie, I can't even think is there any unit in Terran disposal that can stop the Protoss Mothership ability ??? The Terran raider is absolutely useless if they only had Jump Rocket ability cuz they even doesn't had a enough punch to actually ruined their enemies base so I hope the Terran will get more balancing term Nuclear ? nah... praticlly useless agains human opponents too ! For EA, eat that ! Starcraft will truly bring DOOM to your pathetic miserably C&C 3 TW, bah... EA had ruined C&C TW so they will feel the retribution & "divine punishment " :) from Starcraft that will teach u how to make a truly GOOD & PLAYABLE game without so many bugs & obsolete gameplay (Hm... just hope that Starcraft 2 will come like Starcraft too)

Arfico
Arfico

And to think this all started with Starflight so long, long ago... over twenty years ago

BringTheBlood
BringTheBlood

could you be anymore excited for something coming out?!

Goliathvv
Goliathvv

Nice move... It's really a good idea spendig as much time as they want polishing and re-polishing the game you know... There's nothing better than a game with a perfect engine and a perfect gameplay, even if that means it'll spend some more time...

redfury0101
redfury0101

You're right foggy666 WH40K is much older than starcraft blizzard had alot of "creative inspiration" from warhammer fantasy and warhammer 40k. games workshop is much more fun with their tabletop wargame anyway

Lord_Xantos
Lord_Xantos

very true foggy it is also the same with the o-so Beloved warcraft... they even poke fun at it in the game. if you click on the grunts enough they say i got me a warhammer and it only cost me 40k... at least i think it was the grunt... but something says that...

foggy666
foggy666

rpgsuperfan, try to get your facts right, while its true that DOW came after SC, the WH40K universe is much older, Games Workshop invented it in 1987.

karahasan
karahasan

I just hope they revert back to the original siege tank design though... Other than that, looking forward to it. Been looking for a game I can play with my cousins abroad (who are starcraft freaks until now) and THIS IS IT!

nelsonkrx
nelsonkrx

i hope X2 3600+, 550 chipset, 2GB mems and 8600GT is enough

Vincent188
Vincent188

it's looks go darn good... bet it gonna be..

ps3_guy
ps3_guy

i ate this game whopop

rpgsuperfan
rpgsuperfan

"eh, looks like a polished Warhammer 40k Dawn of War. Dirty Dirty Blizz needs to make something original." Starcraft came first =_= If anything, SC would be a ripoff of WH40k.

Paraturkurati
Paraturkurati

Lol, this is going to be big and I am so excited to play it I will be... well I will start with the humans firs!

sxg40oz
sxg40oz

eh, looks like a polished Warhammer 40k Dawn of War. Dirty Dirty Blizz needs to make something original.

dolphin_man
dolphin_man

this got me playing the original starcraft again, and made me realise y i quit, battle.nets lag issues, still cant wait faor this one :D

ryaz_weaponx
ryaz_weaponx

Man, im really waiting to get my heand on this one

msudude211
msudude211

Starcraft. It's been a long time... :P

jopickard
jopickard

Looking forward to this; enjoyed classic Starcraft!

ashitaka_hamana
ashitaka_hamana

Give it Up -- When has blizzard put out a failure (they announced the cancellation of the almost junk title 'Ghost', so they remain infamous for solid games that are EXTREMELY polished and remain true to their counterparts -- SCII will ROCK =), especially on my MacBook Pro @ 1080p

TA127
TA127

This game better be good....i have great expectations... BTW- i liked the wisp-turret -or -what -so -ever idea...