StarCraft Universe MMO hits Kickstarter

Blizzard-sanctioned third-person StarCraft II mod asking for $80,000; first chapter aiming for release in late 2013 or early 2014.

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StarCraft II mod StarCraft Universe, a Blizzard-sanctioned project that morphs the real-time strategy game into a massively multiplayer online title, has turned to Kickstarter for funding.

Developer Upheaval Arts has launched a Kickstarter campaign for StarCraft Universe, originally known as World of StarCraft, asking for $80,000 by September 10 to complete the game. At press time, funding stands at $3,855 from 87 backers.

StarCraft Universe tells a story set in an alternate reality where the end of Wings of Liberty "has a grim conclusion" for Kerrigan.

"Without the Queen of Blades to stop the hybrid's assault, the protoss are overwhelmed and defeated. In this reality, what would the survivors of these shattered worlds do? StarCraft Universe tells this story," reads the game's description.

StarCraft Universe, a third-person massively multiplayer online game, will feature an "epic story" as well as multiplayer raiding experiences. Upheaval Arts is aiming to release the project as a series of custom games published through Battle.net.

Terran classes include marine, ghost, medic, and firebat; Protoss classes are zealot, dark templar, preserver, and high templar. StarCraft Universe also promises customizable characters and weapons, as well as mounts, voice-acted cutscenes, and four difficulty levels.

Upheaval Arts does not foresee any legal problems with Blizzard Entertainment, which owns the StarCraft franchise.

"While Blizzard is not directly affiliated with this project's production, we do communicate with them to submit bug reports and make technical requests," the developer said. "They have given their blessing/permission for us to launch this Kickstarter, and they are supporting our efforts by featuring SCU as an Arcade Highlight."

To play StarCraft Universe, players must have an Internet connection, a Battle.net account, and a copy of StarCraft II, which can be the free Starter Edition. Upheaval Arts is hoping to ship the first content for the game--an open beta test--in late 2013 or early 2014.

Discussion

163 comments
mastermune89
mastermune89

If everyone hates Blizz so much, why are they reading articles about them?

Pablo_Heroin
Pablo_Heroin

It seems many people that comment Blizzard related news cant even read properly. I understand that there is a lot of justified hate after Diablo 3, but there is no need to bash your keyboard like mad apes.

radcrab123
radcrab123

Before you start commenting read this comment 

Starcraft Universe is a Fanmade Project created by fans of starcraft 2 the game is not being developer or published by blizzard blizzard only gave them their blessing 

radcrab123
radcrab123

i have now concluded that most people on this article saying that this is just blizzard milking money are completely idiotic retards

Dark_Wr4ith
Dark_Wr4ith

Need $80K to make a mod, for SC2, wait what?!

k--m--k
k--m--k

What? Blizzard isnt making this? 

Riddick123
Riddick123

I am guessing it really sucks...hence the kickstarter.

hitmanxmk
hitmanxmk

HAHahahahaha KICKSTARTER really?? This is suspicious, really suspicious. How in the world is Blizzard just giving away license to some random studio to work on one of their most popular games ever? So there are 2 scenarios:

1. Eather "Upheaval arts" it is a Blizzard studio (officailly new studio with "no connection" to blizzard). Then its a shame if blizzard indirectly is asking for public funds after so much profit they get from milking people from WoW

2. Or "Upheaval arts" is really small studio with passionate people, who already made deal with blizzard that they will establish the base of a SC2 MMO project, so blizzard will buy em later and expand the franchise, all that ending in (again) blizzard milking money from the players


Btw, someone said, it is FTP?? I dont think so, just read the damn text "To play StarCraft Universe, players must have an Internet connection, a Battle.net account, and a copy of StarCraft II", and I doubt that blizzard wont charge for this game.

Anyway, well played Blizzard!!! Blizz dont care anymore about faithful public and players, but only for the money from the people, so thats why I didnt and I wont buy any game from them in near future. I think every game developing/publishing studios should learn from "CD Red Project" and "GOG.com".

ahahahah starting up a Kickstarter (indirectly) from blizzard, is like seeing a rich man bagging on the streets :D

bdixon76
bdixon76

Great another weak F2P MMO to milk you for money.

Gojomez
Gojomez

Why the fuck would blizzard need fans to fund a game???? Those fucking bastards made 25 million dollars in a DAY. A DAY!!!!! This is retarded, nobody should be donating money to help them make a game. THEY SHOULD BE MAKING GAMES THAT ARE F2P.


I bet money this is their "Titan" project, it finally almost got scrapped when some dumb intern said "Wait, lets submit it to kickstarter, and see if we can get money before we even produce anything playable"

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

Wow, I haven't played any StarCraft games since the original RTS. I must say that it's been downgraded to a joke.

The original did not look like cartoons. And that was waaay back in the good old days even before the general use of gaming graphics cards.

ioshilee
ioshilee

The plot looks like WoW: Cataclism. Boring. 

snaketus
snaketus

This is doomed. Blizzard should just do Starcraft MMO. Can't see why it wouldn't be success.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

They should just make a Starcraft MMO stand alone game and not have it as part of Starcraft 2.
They should make it similar to World of Warcraft but in the Starcraft Universe.
also Blizzard...

Where is my Warcraft 4!?

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

Just 80k for an MMO? What am I missing here?

Galiard
Galiard

this already exists they need the money to polish it ? 

Xenrathe
Xenrathe

I was part of the modding community when SC2 first came out and remember SCU (aka World of Starcraft) going back then. That was ages ago. It's impressive they've kept going for that long.

But I don't know that I'll support their kickstarter, which I believe works best when it functions as a combined support/pre-purchase system. Essentially, for a project like this, your kickstarter backing is... paying their rent. That is, it 'allows' them to quit their day job and commit more time to this project. However, you can never really tell if that's what really happens, or if you're simply padding their wallets, since there's no actual purchase going on here.

SaintJimmmy
SaintJimmmy

This is the first i've heard of this

but, i'm mostly just impressed that blizzard actually gave them the blessing to do this.

m4a5
m4a5

Played it for 10 minutes. Felt like WoW. Haven't touched it since.

I wouldn't mind an RPG-esque Starcraft game, but this isn't it for me...

KAB21
KAB21

After they ruined the World of Warcraft they want to take another great game and flush it down the drain. Please Blizzard stop Diablo III was a let down and Heart of the Swarm just filled the void.


Accuracy158
Accuracy158

I love StarCraft but I'm going to say no to this...

Quandry
Quandry

Shouldn't it be more like the Warcraft MMo? and with better graphics?

Sardinar
Sardinar

This feels really unnecessary, but oh well let them do their thing - whatever they can do with only $80,000 anyways, lol. 

Starcraft's story was already kinda of ruined by Starcraft 2, especially HotS. This won't have much of an impact...

Unetteh
Unetteh

I remember seeing this mod when it was first announced a couple years back, had no idea that it is still in development.


onlypc
onlypc

@hitmanxmk 

Starcraft 2 starter edition can play this, so it's free-to-play. Oh, and you're a moron.

radcrab123
radcrab123

@hitmanxmk your an idiot the developer said that blizzard just let them make this mod but blizzard is not funding them or helping them in any way its FANMADE

Hurvl
Hurvl

@hitmanxmk Gog and CD Projekt are the same company in case anyone didn't know that and yes, like Talavaj said, it's a mod. It's a very ambitious mod, so that's why they're asking for money. Seems odd to ask for money for a mod, even if it's supposed to be an MMO, but at least they've got the company's blessing, unlike others. 

Also, I think Blizzard initially forbade this mod to be called World of Starcraft, because they weren't sure if they'd be doing a Starcraft MMO themselves in the near future. The chances of that happening now has decreased, but not completely.

Talavaj
Talavaj

@hitmanxmk You really don't get it do you ? It is a MOD for SC2, this means people will have to have SC2 or will have to buy it to play the mod.

Games like SC2 live from community interaction, this thing is a blessing for Blizzard. If it gets big it may bring thousands of new people into buying SC2 and it will extend the longevity of the game.

Why you think DOTA was so important for Warcraft 3 ? This is exactly the same thing.

But this time around Blizzard may profit from it directly.

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

@bdixon76 its f2p and not made by blizzard. How are they going to milk you for money?

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

@Gojomez This is not a Blizzard project, its a fan made mod  by Upheaval Arts. Blizzard is allowing its creation to show the ability of the Starcraft 2 creation engine. They aren't making any money from it.

arqe
arqe

@snaketus Because its Blizzard ? Warcraft is over becouse of "World of Warcraft" , any RTS turnpoint after this will be worse than Diablo 3.

If they make Starcraft MMO that game dies too.

arqe
arqe

@GH05T-666 Warcraft is over. And if they make Starcraft mmo , Starcraft will be over too.

Temperedelm
Temperedelm

@SaintJimmmy Blizzard gave them permission for one reason; to test the market for turning Starcraft into their next MMO cash cow. I really hope this kickstarter fails to keep atleast one good RTS franchise around.

Galiard
Galiard

@SaintJimmmy it could potentially help sales of star craft 2. its the same way Day Z Helped sales for Arma 2. 

Fear_LS1
Fear_LS1

@KAB21 Ok Ok, we all know you don't like WoW or Diablo. I could give two shits or less about what you like, and that goes for everyone else in the world. User KAB21, is a good example of why I can't stand to read comments from ANY gaming site on the web. Keep it stupid, asshat!

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

@KAB21 this is just a mod, it is completely optional and blizzard isn't doing this.

hitmanxmk
hitmanxmk

@KingofCabal @Gojomez You think so they arent making money? Tell me please, who will pay for the servers maintenance, hacker/cheaters attacks, bug fixing, time spent in developing, electricity bills and many more expenses...please tell me that they pay from their pocket just we can have fun.....dont be so naive...sooner or later they will charge us monthly, they`ll find a way through dlcs and expansions

Hurvl
Hurvl

@arqe @snaketus At least Star Wars will get some new games, it's not over just because The Old Republic is still going. You're right, though, MMO's seems to be the end of the line for franchises, which is sad, because I really don't like MMO's. Once they start down that road, they never come back.

Galiard
Galiard

@SaintJimmmy there is a group of players that like RPGs /World of Warcraft. but dont like RTS games. this could make those players buy starcraft 2 just for this mmo. since you need to have starcraft 2 to play this mod.


Hurvl
Hurvl

@hitmanxmk @KingofCabal @Gojomez A mod getting DLC and expansions? That's new. 

I haven't read what they intend to do with all of this Kickstarter money, but I'm sure some of it will be to fund the things you just mentioned. It would be highly odd and unusual if Blizzard tried to profit from this mod, because I've never heard of that before. All the company gains is more free advertising and more people buying the main game, to be able to play the mod. Sometimes the mods are more fun than the main game.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@good_evil @Galiard @SaintJimmmy Doesn't mean people are stupid enough to buy the game just for the mod. Or perhaps they've been uncertain about getting the game and this mod might make them go ahead and finally buy it. I don't know how many people will just want to play the mod, but it's all good for Blizzard - free advertising, if nothing else.

good_evil
good_evil

@Galiard @SaintJimmmy Can't no one read anymore?! Jesus! You create bnet acc and download sc2 starter edition to play this mod. You don't need to buy anything! How ppl can invest time to write commend without reading content...