Starcraft II warps into Seoul

Blizzard Entertainment unveils long-awaited sequel to PC real-time strategy game at worldwide invitational event.

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SEOUL, South Korea--Crowds of fans and press file continuously into the Olympic Gymnastic Stadium in the Gangnam province of Seoul, South Korea, to await the announcement of Blizzard's new game title. The big-screen monitors onstage, which previously showed looped footage of tournaments held at last year's Blizzard Worldwide Invitational, now show only the logo for this year's event, which takes place today and tomorrow. The anticipation and excitement in the air from the crowds of fans and international press are palpable.

The announcement session is underway, and the lights are up. The Korean emcees are making announcements about the tournaments and music concerts that will also be held at the event. Blizzard Korea managing director Jungwan Han has taken the stage to deliver the opening remarks, greeting and thanking Blizzard fans worldwide for their support. He takes his seat, and the emcees briefly introduce Blizzard's top brass, including Mike Morhaime, Rob Pardo, and Chris Metzen.

Next up are the introductions for the professional gamers, who are greeted with great fanfare by the audience as they're announced individually and step onstage. First are the Starcraft players, introduced by their name, faction played (protoss, zerg, or terran), and country of origin. These are followed by the Warcraft III professional players, also introduced by their name, played faction (humans, orcs, undead, or night elves), and country of origin. After the players are all onstage, they are brought forward individually to take an "oath" of fair play.

Press from around the world arrives at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational event.
Press from around the world arrives at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational event.

Once the players are ushered away, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime takes the stage to make the big announcement, noting first that this year's event will host more tournaments than any previous event (including competitions for Starcraft, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft), then introducing a video montage with footage from Blizzard's previous games (such as the original Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft) and previous tournament events. Morhaime is finally getting closer to the announcement...the crowd cheers in anticipation. Says Morhaime, "When it came time to make this announcement, it was easy to decide where it should take place." The president praises the enthusiasm and support of Korean game players, then introduces a video trailer for the new game.

The pro gamers took the stage to tremendous fanfare.
The pro gamers took the stage to tremendous fanfare.

The trailer begins with a spaceship lowering a coffinlike object. The camera cuts to a chamber, then to a gigantic metal gate that cranks open, and finally to a man with a cigar in his mouth, wearing shackles on his ankles. The man steps into mechanical restraints that lock around his ankles and the platform around him rises. The cofflinlike object sprouts metal pincers that brace his wrists while the champers reveal whirring turbines that sprout metallic drills and rivets that fit metallic armor on his body. The figure is a Terran soldier, and the camera pans up his body, cutting to scenes of Protoss and Zerg warriors rushing to battle. The new game, as rumored, is Starcraft II.

Morhaime then introduces the lead designer of the project to discuss it--none other than former EALA designer Dustin Browder (who worked previously on The Battle for Middle-earth and Command & Conquer series). The video screen cuts to a demonstration that shows a fleet of Protoss ships that disembark several zealot infantry units, then cuts to a scene showing Terran transports touching down and becoming base structures, spouting infantry and vehicle units. Browder points out that this demonstration is in a very early stage of code. As we see in the demonstration, the new game will add abilities to existing units--the Protoss zealot, for instance, will now be able to charge into battle to quickly close the distance against Terran gunners. The Terrans retaliate by bringing in siege tanks to shell the Protoss from a distance. The Protoss respond by commissioning Immortals--heavy-duty tanks with powerful energy shields.

Blizzard's Mike Morhaime can't help but grin as Starcraft II is revealed.
Blizzard's Mike Morhaime can't help but grin as Starcraft II is revealed.

The Terrans then commission reapers, which are medium infantry with jetpacks that can jump barriers to raid enemy bases more effectively. The reapers leap into action against the Protoss base to attack the pylons, but the Protoss have a new series of structures that help them be much more resilient when attacked at their base, such as phase prisms, which let you quickly move units from place to place. The Protoss stalker unit has a "blink" ability that lets them jump anywhere they can see and makes them excellent pursuers.

The Zerg have arrived, sending Zerglings to overwhelm the Protoss stalkers--a huge swarm of them charges the Protoss. Browder points out that Starcraft II will still be a game about large armies against large armies. The Zerg then run into a few Protoss colossi--gigantic walkers with cutting lasers that specialize in liquifying Zerglings. The Zerg have mutated into a new kind of suicide unit that explodes in a burst of acid. The colossi also use inverse kinematic animation to walk up and down cliffs. The colossus unit is vulnerable to air attacks, such as mutalisks, which slaughter it. In response, the Protoss have a new unit, the phoenix, which can "overload" to eliminate squads of nearby airborne enemies but leave them helpless and immobile briefly afterward. The new game will also have new texture work and deep space background environments. The phoenix can't hold its own against Terran battlecruisers, which crush them--in response, the Protoss commission the Warprey, a laser-firing ship that deals more damage the longer it focuses its fire on an enemy.

Browder caps the demonstration with one last new unit, the Protoss mothership, the ultimate weapon in the Protoss army. It's an incredibly expensive unit with a "time bomb" ability that distorts time within an energy field, making enemy fire too slow to actually reach and hit the mothership. Once the time field collapses, enemy shells clatter uselessly to the ground. The mothership also possesses the "planet cracker," a stream of multiple lasers that devastate anything beneath it. Finally, the mothership can create a black hole--an extremely damaging ability that wrecks flying enemies. The glowing black hole simply sucks in the Terran warships, which distort in appearance before disappearing utterly into oblivion.

Blizzard's presentation literally turned heads.
Blizzard's presentation literally turned heads.

The demonstration ends with a battle between the Protoss and the Terrans, who wail on each other mercilessly. As you might expect from the successor to Starcraft, it seems clear that the key to success in the sequel will be combined force of arms, as both armies pummel each other to a standstill, racking up casualties on each side as they grind away at each other. The battle ends with an orbital strike that wipes out both sides, save for one infantry unit on each side. Both get mobbed by Zerg units, which crawl out of the ground and butcher them and then mutate into their new form and crawl into formation to spell out the letters "GG" (an abbreviation many online players use to say "good game").

After the Starcraft II demonstration, another video montage is shown, this time featuring a series of concept art drawings that gives way to another gameplay demo that highlights various units new and old, such as the Protoss colossus, the Zergling, and others, ending with two portraits that appear to be Jim Raynor and Kerrigan.

That's it for the presentation. Be sure to check back soon for more coverage of Starcraft II.

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Xeroblack

Just hope its not a wc3 clone but with mobile structures

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elementkid177

omg omg omg omg omg omg omg . Starcraft is my favorite game ever and finally a sequal YES!!!!!!! *DANCES* "need a light?"

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0011992288

MangyForestCat: I guess it doesn't matter that SC came out 9 yrs ago? BTW it's not about a huge tech tree. A huge tech tree can become too cumbersome to manage without the need for micromanaging. You can have any opinion you like, but know you aren't going to make many friends on a page about SC2. Edit: Quit flooding the board Mangy.

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MangyForestCat

Age of Empires II > Starcraft

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MangyForestCat

No, I'm not joking you philistine. Starcraft has little to no strategical variety. It's a shallow metagame out there for Starcraft and Age of Empires II beats it hands down through depth by a huge tech tree, resource allocation a poor Starcraft fan wouldn't understand, and gameplay variety through the various (read: MORE THAN 3) civilizations you choose....

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0011992288

*hyperventilates*

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CrimsonCorp

GOLIATH...ONLINE

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aldrenar47

The real question is: will it suck as much as Warcraft 3?

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showto

agreed

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ZuljinRaynor

Blizzard always has the best trailers.

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MarcoSnow06

Easily one of the best trailers of all time. I still can't get over the amazing graphics for the prerendered custscene. This game is going to be amazing. Hell, if I have to I'll buy a new comp just to play the damn thing

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Sprozelth

omigod omigod!!! *orgasm*

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ZuljinRaynor

"Age of Empires II > Starcraft" LOL? Are you joking? "Diablo > Starcraft" Yes, but StarCraft > Diablo 2 They're sticking with 3 races and they better. Make it easier to balance.

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darth-revan

What happened to Samir Duran? they started this whole different story with him in a bonus mission. The simple line," The zergs are not my true masters. My true masters are much more powerful". And since he betrayed the humans at the time, and was fighting the protoss and said he doesnt work with the zerg, Who does he work for?

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DeusEx_2001

www.diabloii.net is reporting Diablo 3 will be announced in August at blizzcon Diablo > Starcraft

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DendromutantX

About time, indeed. 2007 seems to bring good news in terms of games.

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Rizk89

ZOMG!!!!!!!!!!!! x a million ZOMG YAY

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AFWorm

W00t! It's about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bouya!

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tony2077ca

there not kerrigans there samir's

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ColdJaguar

"hell, it's about time" that's damn right ! SC is the best RTS game ever! and now it's coming back to prove that once again. HAVE YOU HEARD THE RUMOR??? there might be a 4th race, which is Kerrigan's Zerg-Terran units !!!! but by story it should be Duran's... w/e 4th race will be awesome

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Lord_DoDo56

Thank God! Now I can safely put the gun down! Now Blizzard...don't screw this thing up you hear!

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tony2077ca

whats an ip

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Canez69

hell fckin yay been waitin...

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Janpieterzun

the reapers sound like command and conquer 3 zone troopers.... seeing that some eala people are on the bliz team..doesn't exactly bolster confidence from me...i really don't want sc2 to be corrupted by ideas by another IP.

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MarcoSnow06

All I can say is: about damn time Blizzard. The only thing that remains to be seen is if my laptop can even run this behemoth of a game.

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Axeman20

HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!

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Demonbob

And yea verily, did Bob find there there is indeed a god. Sweet! Gonna be awesome! (Hehe, heres to hoping to WoS!)

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ubeyou

just half day after announce the starcraft 2 tracking list has reached about 3k! Great job Blizzard, keep work hard until gamers happy!

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lil2nutty

"Its about time." Hahahaha. Very true.

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wwekid99

f*ck yea!!!!!!!!

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Edot0

wow this looks good.

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wilt1725grog

Fuc? yeah!

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Dalorien

HOLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Biggest news since indoor plumbing. Hell yeah. The Squel the world has been waiting for.

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AngelPhoenix

meh

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vhx

"Holy!! HOLY!!!! H O L Y!!! This is gonna be huge... The way i see it your gonna need a $1, 000 Video card just to get the minimum requirement." Lol? The graphics are a little bit better than WC3 (try looking at the 'high-res' screens on their site). Blizzard always makes their games work on a large range of machines. The game will sell like crazy. But a $1000 video card to run minimum requirements is the worst statement I have ever heard. Also the highest end video cards these days barely go over $500.

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Beefycake

Holy!! HOLY!!!! H O L Y!!! This is gonna be huge... The way i see it your gonna need a $1, 000 Video card just to get the minimum requirement.

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360player_eq12

starcraft 2 is going to be bad ass....same with hellgate london.

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samsam1

This announcement is by faaaaaar the GREATEST news in terms of pc- gaming that i have experienced, i have been playing pc games for 12 years now. Sorry for my bad english! Can't belive it...yeeeehaaa!

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Mikariutza

Now is your chance to prove WoW didn't cramp your style, Bliz.

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Drewman419

OMG!! Man I wish i had a good computer though.

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Illidan311

this is weird, about 2 days ago i was searching the web for diablo 3 and starcraft 2 news and then this comes up

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L_i_o_n

dont worry m8s , they just started making starcraft 2... IT takes atleast 2 years more to complite it..... dont get your hopes up so soon. bc you will be grandfathers when it will finaly gets released

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GrimGravy

man i really cant wait

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Belegorm

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!! I'm not usually prone to making these kinds of outbursts (as a matter of fact, this is actually the first time I can remember), but this is worth ! I like the thing the Marine says at the end of the trailer: "Hail, it's about time !" Something I might have said myself. BTW, yikes, never knew the marines had to go through such a process, just to become the weakest units the Terrans have. How would he get out of that thing anyway?

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MiasmaRising

AH YEAHHH!!!! This game is seriously gonna kick a**!

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guv-nor

I think I'll reinstall my copy of SC right now for a refresher before this comes out. If you haven't played the original, put that on your list of things to do before death.

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Zmith_Of_Comsci

I watch the trailer over and over again for 3 hours.gosh can't believe it!. 10 years.... first played starcraft when I'm 12 years old nerd at 7th grade. 10 years have passed..... along this years,sometimes i feel tired,not sure,lonely from the differentiation from the others. 10 years now.... Starcraft2.... man,I can't stop crying cuz Starcraft is "The First PC Game" I've played in my life. Can't believe i still love and play pc game from here till now thank you...thank you blizzard. you make me a happiest man today (sob) ps.sorry for my English.Secondary in my Country :(

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PatIsStuupidd

f-ing awesome.

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KnightsofRound

This is the happiest day of my life.