Set in the 26th century in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy, the game revolves around three species: the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; the Zerg, a mix of species infested by the same virus; and the Protoss, a species with vast mental powers.
The game was met with very positive reviews from critics, receiving an aggregated score of 93% from Metacritic.
StarCraft II features the return of the three species from the original game: Protoss, Terran, and Zerg.
Lead Designer Dustin Browder has discussed with Shacknews some of the unique missions that are included in the Wings of Liberty campaign.
A major new addition to the map-making community will be the StarCraft II Marketplace, where high quality maps will be sold for a small fee as "premium maps" over Battle.net.
Four years after the Brood War, the Dominion is once again the dominant Terran power in the Koprulu sector.
On Mar Sara, Raynor meets with an old comrade, Tychus Findlay. Together, they liberate the local population from Dominion control and also discover a component of a mysterious Xel'Naga artifact.
The Raiders embark on a series of missions to find the remaining pieces of the Xel'Naga artifact, which they sell to the enigmatic Moebius Foundation in order to fund their revolution.
After collecting the final artifact piece Raynor's forces encounter Dominion battleships at the pre-agreed Moebius Foundation rendezvous point.