Blizzard polling for Protoss designs

It could be argued that the Protoss received the short end of the stick when Blizzard decided to bust up its long-awaited Starcraft II real-time strategy title into a trilogy. Though the faction will most assuredly make its presence known by way of Starcraft II's tournament-oriented multiplayer...

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It could be argued that the Protoss received the short end of the stick when Blizzard decided to bust up its long-awaited Starcraft II real-time strategy title into a trilogy. Though the faction will most assuredly make its presence known by way of Starcraft II's tournament-oriented multiplayer mode, the Protoss' story has been relegated to the final installment in the trifecta.

As a measure of consolation, Blizzard is giving fans of the faction an opportunity to weigh in on the appearance of the Protoss dark templar unit. By way of the Irvine, California studio's Web site, fans can choose between two different dark templar models for use in the multiplayer component, each of which is modeled after a different tribe from the Starcraft universe. The site doesn't mention any gameplay differences between the two.

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The first model represents the Lenassa tribe, better known as the dark templar unit from the original Starcraft. The unit is characterized by the long warp blade protruding from its left arm, as well as a charcoal-colored shroud draped about its face. The second model portrays the Zer'atai tribe, which favors dual scythes as well as heavy armor accessorized by Zerg bones. Gamers can also choose a third option, in which both tribes will be included and a random model generates when a dark templar is built.

The Terran campaign, Wings of Liberty, is slated to lead off the Starcraft II trilogy--whenever Blizzard is good and ready to release it--followed by the Zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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