Shippin' Out July 25-31: Starcraft II

First part of Blizzard's long awaited, trifurcated real-time strategy sequel finally arrives alongside BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Clash of the Titans.

Tonight at midnight, many PC gamers will get what they've been waiting more than 12 years for: a sequel to Starcraft. The first part of the trifurcated sequel, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, launches tonight at midnight at various retailers across the globe. In the US, the game will be available in both a regular $60 edition and a $100 collector's edition, which contains a hefty 176-page art book, a 2GB USB drive loaded with the original Starcraft and the Starcraft: Brood War expansion set, a behind-the-scenes DVD, the official soundtrack CD, and issue #0 of the Starcraft comic book series.

Many a PC gamer will be picking up the collector's edition of Starcraft II in a few hours.

The first installment's single-player campaign will focus on the Terran faction but will have the game's full multiplayer component. It will seek to resolve the conflict between Jim Raynor and Kerrigan, which was the crux of the original Starcraft. The second game, Heart of the Swarm, will focus on the Zerg, while the final game, Legacy of the Void, will be devoted to the Protoss. Analysts are already predicting that the title, which uses the new Battle.net, will sell in excess of 6 million copies during this year alone.

Starcraft II was the subject of two controversies even before it came to market. First, Blizzard's decision not to include LAN support drew some very public protest from its users. Then, the Wall Street Journal erroneously published an article that pegged the game's budget at $100 million. A week later, the nation's leading financial daily quietly issued an errata saying it had confused the real-time strategy game with World of Warcraft, Blizzard's money-minting massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

The week will also see the release of Clash of the Titans, the game adaptation of the Greek mythology-inspired film that came out in April. A remake of the 1981 classic, the game will follow hero Perseus as he fights a variety of foes, ranging from the medusa to the twisted, goatlike Calibos. It is a third-person action game in the vein of God of War, which also drew its inspiration from the Greek pantheon of gods. Published by Namco Bandai, Clash of the Titans will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Tuesday.

The rest of the week's releases are a mixed bag, ranging from the handheld racer Galaxy Racers to Aksys' PS3 and 360 fighting game BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. Xbox Live will get the aquatic racing game Hydro Thunder Hurricane, and many aging gamers can relive the grease-soaked pizza birthday parties of their youth in the form of the minigame compilation Chuck E. Cheese's Party Games.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later in the week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

SUNDAY, JULY 25
Napoleon: Total War - The Peninsular Campaign--PC--Strategy--Sega

MONDAY, JULY 26
Heavy Fire: Special Operations--WII--Action--2010--Teyon
Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena--DS--Puzzle--Navarre Corp
Dive: The Medes Islands Secret--WII--Adventure--Cosmonaut Games

TUESDAY, JULY 27
Arc Rise Fantasia--WII--Role-Playing--Ignition Entertainment
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift--PS3, 360--Action--Aksys Games
Chuck E. Cheese's Party Games--WII--Puzzle--UFO Interactive
Clash of the Titans--PS3, 360--Action--Namco Bandai Games
Farm Frenzy: Animal Country--DS--Strategy--City Interactive
Galaxy Racers--DS--Driving--Ubisoft
Need for Speed World--PC--Driving--EA Games
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty--PC, MAC--Strategy--Blizzard Entertainment

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
Hydro Thunder Hurricane--X360--Driving--Microsoft Game Studios

THURSDAY, JULY 29
No releases scheduled

FRIDAY, JULY 30
Commander: Conquest of the Americas--PC--Strategy--Jul 30, 2010--Paradox Interactive
Arcade Air Hockey & Bowling--PSP--Sports--Jul 30, 2010--Icon Games
Soccer Bashi--WII, PSP, IP--Sports--Jul 31, 2010--Icon Games

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SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Man, Chuck E Cheese Party Games for the Wii? This game is going to look so sweet sitting next to my Chuck E Cheese DS case. Got to get the complete collection, screw Starcraft that can wait. Its all about the Chucky Cheeses man.

Vegna871
Vegna871

@DeathKnight9: "How do you cast like 15 spells on a controller?" Really? have you never played a console RPG? clearly not, because it can be quite easily done. besides, to my knowledge there hasn't been a decent PC RPG that wasn't a crappy port of a console game in nearly a decade, with the exception of MMOs and the PC versions of Fallout 3, Oblivion, and Morrowind (which were far better than their console counterparts, mostly due to being able to hack and create objects in the game).

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

if this is anything like dawn of war i'll get it

Pete5506
Pete5506

SC2 all the way, its been a long wait

wahyudil
wahyudil

arc rise fantasia ... yipii

laptop12
laptop12

i was going to a gameshop at the midnight and holyy shyttee, too many people are waiting to keep their hands on Starcraft 2

trumafioso
trumafioso

@Dmitheon All the Halo RTS showed was how to milk a franchise. RTS does not work on consoles. Poor controls do not allow the user to be quick enough to deal with changing scenarios. Maybe if they make the in game AI dumb as dirt, you might stand a chance. @Absolut_gamerz I think you saying that one of the most financially lucrative companies in gaming is foolish, is like saying Bill Gates is now poor. When a company that presently takes in approx. 11 million monthly subscription fees, as well as numerous micro transactions for character transfers or race changes or limited in-game items, all based on 1 PC only game, how can you say they are foolish?

MrOrmond
MrOrmond

Continuum SHIIIIIIIIIIIFT!~

IrishBulldog93
IrishBulldog93

grrr i want to buy a good pc so i can run these awesome PC games and be with all the PC fanboys who arnt all 5 yrs old like on xbox !!

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

I wonder if Clash of the Titans will be any good..

Dmitheon
Dmitheon

The Halo strategy game showed that RTS can be done on a console and be fun. Acknowledging that it's not as easy, a very enjoyable experience could be had for non-PCers.

green_dominator
green_dominator

If Blizzard was their own company not owned by anyone else I'd be quicker to jump on Starcraft II. In the end it's moot point because my PC sucks, I'd need a better system to run the game and I don't have the cash for it......

Ebougile
Ebougile

The original Starcraft never really grabbed me, but I may pick this up once the inevitable Battle Chest comes out in a few years. By then it will be patched to eliminate any of the major bugs.

giedrius1001
giedrius1001

starcraft 2 is same as first, really nothing special, but perhaps thats what all is want. And blizzard trick is to release game as late as possible, more later you release, more people will want it more :) to developed this game for blizzard i bet needed just one year or two max. :) same with diablo 3, its already made, and they just waiting for good time to release, then everybody would be finished starcraft 2 and wants some new games from blizzard :)

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I think this is the biggest video game release world wide this decade. I would rather have Diablo 3 myself but hopefully that comes next year.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

The only one of those I care about is BlazBlue.

absolut_gamerz
absolut_gamerz

@ Warful No. I can't accept that reason at all. Blizzard needs to be more CREATIVE in assigning the use of buttons. Blizzard can always work together with Sony & Microsoft to solve this problem.

Daian
Daian

@absolut_gamerz Lol, RDR sold a lot so far but SC2 will out sell it by millions, clearly u do not understand the impact Starcraft made when it came out and how fans will be running around like headless chickens trying to get their hands on a copy. If it doesn't turn out to be a huge disappointment it will be this year's MW2 in sales. Face it, consoles aren't made for strategy, the control depth that PCs offer (keyboard + mouse ) is something that can't be replaced with a gamepad. As for Blizzard being foolish, well, i'm sure they're deeply concerned by your observations as they sleep on their bags of money. Now excuse me as i await my precious Starcraft 2.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

I'm the only one wondering what kind of marketing is that, within EA Games, that concluded that it was a good idea to Release NFS World the very same days starcraft hits retailers?

Warful
Warful

absolut_gamerz: It would be IMPOSSIBLE to micro and macro on a console, like on a pc. cause on a pc you've got Hotkeys, which extends all the way to the use of 8 buttons. And even though I own an Xbox, and got a large amount of different games, AND I like console gaming.. This game are one of those, that should stick to the PC imo. BUT you could look at it this way: the first Starcraft got quite a praise on the old N64, so it might, this time around, also get a fair praise, so it could be worth a go. Money is, in all fairness, money. The more the better. Income-wise, it would pay off, gameplay-wise, not so much(my opinion).

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

ill get it one day when the price goes down. but for now, ill get the starcraft battle chest for like 20 bucks

Death_Knight9
Death_Knight9

absolut_Gamerz Starcraft 2 or/and diablo 3 i will still buy it for pc ok how do you cast like 15 spells on a controller?

grove12345
grove12345

+ Blizzard is still making great collection editions. - $100? - $100 for SC 2 1/3 +Good story line +Awesome CG +Interactive Campaign - Spamming 100 of one unit to win online match.

DredWulf
DredWulf

@ rottenwood yeah for a few years...doesn't anyone remember Starcraft 64 and the travesty that was? Blizzard has console ports of Diablo 1 on PS and Starcraft as well..I wouldn't see any reason in years to come for a console port of SC2

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

@sammoth I'm also more interested in Diablo 3 than Starcraft 2, but its going to a year if not longer for Diablo 3 to come out.

sammoth
sammoth

Ok great now Finish Diablo 3 already.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@dentui In fairness, Blizzard wants StarCraft 2 to run exclusively through Battlenet, and who knows what kind of logistical nightmare it would be for them to negotiate a console version of the BNet software when both Microsoft and Sony are so adamant about running their own show. Plus, keyboards and mice have never caught on with consoles; you could make the obvious argument that the simplicity of the controller is half the appeal.

dentui
dentui

@absolut_gamerz Not really, just shows that they are not all about the money.......... It would have been too easy to make a horrible port to consoles yet they stuck with what fans wanted in the first place. PC exclusive.

absolut_gamerz
absolut_gamerz

Blizzard is pretty foolish not to released Starcraft 2 on consoles. If they did, they might surpass all the big names of this year like GT5, AC: B, and RDR. they might even surpass the Avatar movie also. So, the conclusion is Blizzard is FOOLISH. Stuborn but FOOLISH.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Only video gamers could possibly complain about getting three full installments of a long-dormant and beloved franchise, as opposed to one. The original was a classic, but the campaign was basically 70% tutorial as you barely got to master a race before it switched up on you. I'm looking forward to each race getting a true story to tell. I wonder if people were cutting themselves over Blizzard 'milking' their franchises with Brood Wars or Lord of Destruction. I couldn't remember; I was too busy playing the hell out of them and loving every second of it.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

I really wish I had it in my pockets.

atopp399
atopp399

I never really got into Starcraft. I wish it would have been Diablo III or Warcraft IV being released. Maybe in 5 years or so...

WarAnakin
WarAnakin

Starcraft II DID NOT cost 100mil $ to make. I quote : "Blizzard Entertainment has never disclosed the development cost of StarCraft II, and for competitive reasons, we will not do so," Blizzard's statement reads before noting that the $100 million number cited by the Wall Street Journal refers to World of Warcraft's development costs.

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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PixelAddict
PixelAddict

This console gamer is playing nothing but Starcraft II for the next few months...

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

@Solidsnake13_2 1 Million in the USA alone. The game was released worldwide on July 27, so it will probably be 3-4 million for the week, depending on how much it sells in South Korea (the biggest market in Starcraft 2) and how much it sells in the rest of the world (primarily Canada, Europe, and Australia).

Brokendemise
Brokendemise

They forgot to mention Need for Speed: World

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

Starcraft II is the day where all PC gamers and Starcraft fans will not be going to sleep all this week and I feel that it will happen this week. Plus Starcraft II will sell over 1 Million this week

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Oooh! Oooh! I know which game is going to be at the top of the charts this week! Someone pay me $200,000 to be a video games industry analyst!

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Starcraft II will easily sell 1 million in the US this week, and nearly twice that in South Korea. I wouldn't call it the biggest game of the year but definitely the biggest game of the summer and perhaps the second half of the year. I'm surprised that Gamespot mentioned the Clash of the Titans' gmae. It's interesting that it's only now coming out (with the movie coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray) rather back in April when it was in theaters, but its' going to do poorly both critically and comercially as movie tie-ins usually are. BlazBlue Contiumun Shift is another great fighting game. A "sequel" that is really more of an updated version of the first, but at least Aksy games is kinda acknowledging this by only charging $40 (just like for Super Street Fighter IV). Arc Rise Fantasia is the first major Wii game in weeks, but its only notable because its' a RPG on a system with very few RPGs (the wii is starting to pick up on the FPS front with GoldenEye, Conduit 2, and the wii version of CoD Black Ops coming at the end of the year, but nothing similar on the RPG front). The game looks like a typical Japanese RPG, so I'm skipping that.

firehawk998
firehawk998

7 days from now I am gonna get a gaming rig mostly because for Starcraft 2. I have fond memories playing the first game and my current computer cannot handle the new one. Its about time.

dentui
dentui

Great Package, must buy for Starcraft fans. Now if only Diablo would get this.........

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

@jenguando Pc is doing well thank you...Just look at steam sales an they sell better than console games..Check out world of warcraft i may hate it but, one has to say wow to those numbers..Look up numbers before commenting on the pc..Pc is far from being dead my friend..There still making more exclusives than any of the consoles..Dont get me wrong im a huge console fan i own two..The wii an the xbox 360..Still look into your facts.. Ill be getting starcraft tonight for sure..Not even sure gamestop had a midnight launch it might have ah well..Can easily wait for 10 to pick it up..Upgraded my pc just for starcraft 2 an diablo 3..Some other pc exclusives this year also..Like civ 5 an also elemental of earth an magic..

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

BlazBlue CS will be getting purchased later in the year but I am a huge fan of CT,so definitely looking forward to getting it someday. StarCraft is amongst my favourite RTS so looking forward to getting it's sequel too. :D