Starcraft 2 confirmed?

Source: An eagle-eyed GameSpot News reader. (Keep the tips coming, kids!) The official story: It's no secret that this weekend, Blizzard Entertainment will reveal a new game. Last month, the developer-publisher took a break from counting its massive World of Warcraft revenue to reveal it...

Source: An eagle-eyed GameSpot News reader. (Keep the tips coming, kids!)

The official story: It's no secret that this weekend, Blizzard Entertainment will reveal a new game. Last month, the developer-publisher took a break from counting its massive World of Warcraft revenue to reveal it would be making a major announcement at the forthcoming Blizzard World Wide Invitational (WWI) event in Seoul, South Korea.

Given the massive popularity of Starcraft in Korea, the announcement's venue led many to believe that the unnamed game would be a sequel to the real-time strategy title. Others felt that, given the fact that Blizzard is hiring developers for a next-generation massively multiplayer online project, the new game might actually be an MMOG based on Starcraft, along the lines of a major game site's 2006 prank announcement of World of Starcraft. (Ahem.)

On Monday, the Irvine, California-based developer-publisher began a teaser countdown on its Web site, Blizzard.com, showcasing its biggest games from the past 13 years. A timeline on the bottom of the site begins with the company's 1994 debut Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and ends with a gigantic question mark, which sources close to Blizzard told GameSpot would be a "massive surprise."

However, said surprise's impact looks set to be diminished somewhat. That's because a countdown identical to the one running on Blizzard.com is also running on Starcraft2.com. The page also bears the imprimatur of Blizzard Entertainment, and is registered to the company, according to a Network Solutions WHOIS search. Though Blizzard has owned Starcraft2.com since 2003, the fact the site is now actively promoting a game--and not merely redirecting to Blizzard.com--is indicative of something in the offing.

What we heard: Blizzard had not returned requests for comment as of press time, which is not entirely surprising, given that much of its PR department is currently badgering flight attendants for cocktails in transit to Korea. However, a search of other potential game titles doesn't turn up any more sites officially registered to Blizzard. Diablo3.com and Worldofstarcraft.com are fan pages, and Starcraftmmo.com and Warcraft4.com are both owned by cybersquatters.

Bogus or not bogus?: Blizzard has been characteristically tight-lipped about its forthcoming announcement, expected Saturday. However, it is looking more and more likely that it will be Starcraft-related.

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zachman1234
zachman1234

thers a diablo 3 in the works to fo you go to thyr site

zachman1234
zachman1234

i herd the relece date is febuary 2nd 2009

AnotherHaloFAN
AnotherHaloFAN

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MJwater
MJwater

starcraft 2would be great ,amazing news

cytheh
cytheh

2008 is 10 year anniversary of sc so it should be a sc game

jordasher2002
jordasher2002

I was a pretty big fan of StarCraft so I hope its StarCraft sequel they are talking about. Diablo was wicked awesome aswell but I believe Diablo 2 is where it ends cause World Of WarCraft is basically a large scale version of Diablo only its based on the WarCraft universe. I honestly hope its not going to be World Of StarCraft because first of all StarCraft was one of the most amazing Strategy (RTS) games ever, thats just what it is, its a strategy game I don't really know how to elaborate on that, but I think you know what i'm trying to say. Second I don't see how different they can make it when comparing it to World Of WarCraft anyway. World Of WarCraft has got everything you could possibly imagine in an MMO game. the only difference would probably be a whole library of new Textures and updated graphics which would be cool... for a while, but knowing Blizzard it just doesn't seem like the best idea for them. unless they decide to do something drasticaly different and unique, I think its best they stick with the RTS style of gameplay we all know and hopefully add something super cool to it, which I know would probably be pretty hard considering how far we have come and running low on new inovative ideas. I have faith in Blizzard with whatever decision they make, but dang it must be hard work, know wonder it takes them so long to perfect a game. Hey wait a minute I just thought of something. If it is indeed World Of StarCraft, ("I hope blizzard reads this" ) a really cool addition to this new MMOG would be the fact that in the StarCraft universe you can travel into space. Now that alone opens doors to new grounds doesn't it. Owning a space ship, traveling to other planets, space stations, space battles and possibly owning your own Citadel, all this including what we saw in World Of WarCraft. This could be big, this could be very big, and I could be dreaming, but they do say dreams can come true haha. In this case I think I change my mind I'd like to see a Star Wars MMOG done right. FANTASTIC YA.

Bricom40
Bricom40

bout time! i cant wait for another blizzard RTS

japuks
japuks

I really hope this isn't another thing for warcraft! Let's see some Starcraft! They released patch v1.15 recently. Could this possibly be something to hype the people to play starcraft again?

dta2us
dta2us

As long as its Starcraft related, Blizzard can have my next 3 paychecks for all I care. I just want some new Starcraft.

V-Nine
V-Nine

I wonder about Starcraf Ghost. Where the heck is it...or did I miss it by a long shot?

teh_leeto
teh_leeto

if starcraft 2 is what is revealed and the game ends up sucking, there will be a riot at my school ( ithink around 33% or more of the students are korean, and many of them and other kids play starcraft. NOTE: i dont live in korea)

iamgian
iamgian

DO IT DO IT DO IT!!!!

PaoloPiedad
PaoloPiedad

It's gonna start tomorrow. The Blizzard World Wide Invitational. Oh, and a little conspiracy trivia for all you Blizzard fans. Starcraft, heavily plagiarizes Warhammer 40,000. Warcraft, somewhat copies (The Orcs most obviously)Warhammer. I'm not trying to offend, I like Blizzard games, but I thought I should inform those who didn't know. Anyways, let's hope for the best.

UltimateCloud5
UltimateCloud5

agreed star craft two will be awesome. just as long as they dont do something stupid and go beyond that.

GabuEx
GabuEx

Blizzard: "We announce that we are working on... WORLD OF WARCRAFT 2 LOL STARCRAFT FANS = PUNK'D" Seriously though, if it's Starcraft 2, my life will officially be complete. I have been waiting so long for Starcraft 2.

UltimateCloud5
UltimateCloud5

Star Craft the original was a great game, played it for years and still play it from time to time... only thing i dont want to see is them make another crap MMO like WOW out of SC. if they do it will be yet another disappointment. trying to make a game from RTS to MMORPG is just stupid and yes its working but only cuz there are a lot of people out there dazzled by graphics and something simple to play... i stand by games such as Everquest and Final Fantasy XI along with EVE-Online. games which are sucky like WOW... in my humble opinion its not a game worthy of the title mmorpg. casual gamers play it and some hardcore ones just not up to the challenge of better MMORPGS. having said that i know not everyone has time to look for groups in EQ, ffXI but if you want to be hardcore you gotta play the hardcore games with challenge. not a piece of crap like WOW... I KNOW not everyone will agree with me but thats ok, thats what opinions are. not everyone agrees. i want to leave you all with something to think about it... Marketing, it it wasnt for it im willing to bet not nearly as many people would be playing it. as well as Xbox 360 which claims to be better then ps3 which it is not. its all about marketing my friends. if it wasnt for marketing and a few other things we wouldnt all be using windows right now. probably be using linux or even mac osx. dont be a slave to marketing and brainwashing people think for yourselves. open your eyes and your mouth ask questions and let your likes dictate what you buy. thank you your humble friend UltimateCloud

MattyMaggs
MattyMaggs

sfenty "I'm not a PC gamer anymore so until thinking about StarCraft 2, I didn't thik any game would make me upgrade my 5 year old PC, but SC2 will. StarCraft, if it lives up to what SC1 was is worth becoming a PC gamer again." -------------------------- I couldn't agree more.

PDM999
PDM999

Uh, look a little closer. Starcraft2.com just redirects to Blizzard.com, same as it always has. Blizzard.com has the splash page. As does every game site owned by Blizzard. If Starcraft2.com hadn't existed before now, THEN it would be an indicator. The fact that its been around for a few years simply means they're covering all their bases by having it redirect to the splash screen like everything else. Thoroughness is not an indicator of future development :b Could it be Starcraft 2? Sure. Is this proof? Not in the slightest.

edhc44
edhc44

At this rate, if it isn't SC-related, it will me a major disappointment to almost everyone.

Biomatt77
Biomatt77

StarCraft 2 would be cool. Unfortunatey www.starcraft2.com is still a redirect to Blizzard.com. Saying it's running on both pages is not completely true.

Destructort1st
Destructort1st

What if it's just a starcraft rpg not a mmo one but just an rpg or maybe it will be a prequel to the starcraft games who knows? Blizzard dose...

JEEBUS_BOGONDO
JEEBUS_BOGONDO

it looks like blizzard will take back the throne as the king of real time strategy. All hail Blizzard!! Long live the King!

Dwbot
Dwbot

hopefully its not starcraft ghost. That game had to of been a waste of money for the company. i remember putting a resrve down in like 2003 for it. I hope its starcraf 2! i will never forget the long nights of playing starcraft

Srinivassa
Srinivassa

Yeah, I don't buy the "big surprise" thing. The only thing that would be a "big surprise" is if they were announcing a brand new property. (not Diablo, not WarCraft, not StarCraft) The industry is too sequel-oriented for that to happen IMO, especially with so many people clammering for Blizzard sequels. Still, StarCraft 2 would be the best news, IMO. If they were making an MMO net to catch the people who are getting tired of WoW, (some kind of World of StarCraft, or World of Diablo, or something) that would be the worst news, but it might turn the biggest profit for Blizzard. *crosses fingers* They are in Korea, which would be the perfect place to announce SC2.

radiostyle
radiostyle

maybe they're making starcraft:ghost again and it would be FPS game like a Natural Selection which is MOD of Half-Life. just kidding.. : )

pos3
pos3

Damn I hope its SC:2 I've been waiting for almost 10 yrs for this, Blizzard don't let me down.

Someguyinavan
Someguyinavan

My Wc4 dreams are dead... I guess maybe when all the WoW expansions are released... Remakes of Wc and Wc2 could be cool tho since I like the lore :).. Diablo 3 would be amazing but im pretty sure they are talking about StarCraft 2.. Still playing Wc3 on my computer its the only game that I play on my computer :D

abr_alex
abr_alex

There is no cow level :)

abr_alex
abr_alex

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relset
relset

I really do not like surprizes, becouse every time I waited for something great I was disappointed. I personally waiting for a Diablo 3 or a Starcraft 2 . In this topic someone mentioned that it will be a shooter....well this idea hit my mind too but I hope they will not release another boring Xtreeme grafics "need to upgrade my PC for $2000" shooter. Of course I liked Blizzard all the time becouse they made their games ru on slower PC`s and they are still very very good. Another thing that it`s not enough to be starcraft related...if will not be an RTS it will ruin millions of people worldwide and evryone who played Starcraft will remain to play their good old "precious" amlmost 99% chance is for an RTS or a completely ne genre, becouse if you admire blizzards product list you can figure somethin out: Warcraft 2 (RTS) Diablo (RPG) Starcraft (RTS) Diablo 2 (RPG) Warcraft 3 (RTS) WOW (RPG) .... Starcraft 2 (RTS) So they are specialized to 2 genres RPG and RTS, if they keep this list alive it will e an RTS and the only candidate here is Starcraft becouse it`s the only game without a sequel, the chance for another warcraft related game would be a bit "unintelligent" I get bored from so much warcraft :) The last candidate is a Diablo RTS that really would be a big surprize but I hope this won`t be happen. And one last this maybe they gonna get bored to make only RTS and RPG maybe they come out with somethin really new....like a card game :))

bizsumpark182
bizsumpark182

And if you go to Starcraft2.com you will see a light up question mark at the bottom right corner after all the other game titles. Man, if the do make a Starcraft MMO I will be all for it...and I guess I would finally have to start playing MMOs.

Woozy_Gem
Woozy_Gem

A Starcraft First-Person Shooter would be cool

Dontais
Dontais

Starcraft 2 *drools* or Diable 3 , All would be amazeing to hear .. and dare I say WoW2? lol

MacBrother
MacBrother

I really don't like it that you see Diablo 2 first. If it's Diablo 3 I will unsubscribe to WoW in protest. I love my cow level, but I need my friggin Carriers. I'm a Blizzard RTS fanboy, not a Blizard Hack n Slash fanboy.

oldogg
oldogg

"especially if it offers free online gameplay (i.e. StarCraft 2). Now why would they want to release another title that will compete with their own product? And GHOST will be targeted at console gamers, so profit is maxed out" Because its Blizzard.... not microsoft.

Xouber
Xouber

Blizzard give me a Kick ass Halo Killer FPS

Yan1978
Yan1978

I hope ill get to see this game before my time comes... i mean im already 28...

thyeshin
thyeshin

I think it's StarCraft: GHOST. They probably stopped production on GHOST because they knew that the PS3, Nintendo Wii and XBox 360 were going to get out, so the timing wasn't right. So now that all 3 platforms are out and all 3 seem to be doing pretty well, I think it only makes sense for them to revive the project. Releasing a StarCraft MMO or StarCraft 2 is only suicide, IMHO... They're already doing so well with WoW; the last thing they'd want to do is release another online-playable game, especially if it offers free online gameplay (i.e. StarCraft 2). Now why would they want to release another title that will compete with their own product? And GHOST will be targeted at console gamers, so profit is maxed out. Afterall, starcraft2.com is just a redirect to blizzard.com, and the look and feel of the announcement seems StarCraft-ish.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

I don't care if it takes four years, just knowing that they haven't forgotten PC RTS players is enough for me and as long as I know that StarCraft 2 is coming, at last, I'm happy and I'll wait for it. I'll just say again, I hate MMO's, and I hate WoW :P

McHenry2
McHenry2

man i hope its an rts.. ive been playing starcraft since i was 7 on N64 and have the computer version it has since been one of my favorite games and has a killer story

McHenry2
McHenry2

I AM A HUGE STARCRAFT FAN man i hope its an RTS plz plz plz plz plz plz be a starcraft 2, starcraft owns warcraft anyday

RaphaelDrake
RaphaelDrake

Finally, Starcraft 2, althought, what is the next story, the Terrans and Protoss Vs Zerg. The last Episode of Starcraft Broodwar, the Zerg won the battle and the General Gerard DuGalle suicide. Thats great and i know the SC Series are the best RTS.

deadkat
deadkat

Well, I don't really care about an entirely new StarCraft. But I do wish that Blizzard would just improve the AI. I mean, admit it, the units are way too stupid sometimes.