StarCraft II officially ends development as Blizzard ‘thinks about what’s next’

    
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StarCraft II officially ends development as Blizzard ‘thinks about what’s next’

Earlier this year, MOP’s Tyler noted that StarCraft II had quietly become Blizzard’s best-managed game, with updates and events rolling out even a decade after its release. And that’s a shame because now StarCraft II will become quiet, period.

Blizzard posted a letter on the StarCraft II site to announce that it was putting an end to active development for the 10-year-old multiplayer RTS. “What this means is that we’re not going to be producing additional for-purchase content, such as Commanders and War Chests, but we will continue doing season rolls and necessary balance fixes moving forward,” the studio said.

While this is sad, it’s certainly not the end of StarCraft II, which will continue to be supported, especially with its esports. Blizzard’s developers said that this decision “will free us up to think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole.”

So can we get that StarCraft MMORPG now? Because you know that it would rock.

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Hravik

Personally as far as Blizzard properties for MMO, I’d rather see Diablo. Sure its another fantasy MMO, but I’d love one with a darker flavor to it.

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Sorenthaz

Honestly surprised they kept at it for 10 years. Starcraft 2 didn’t really seem to ever hit the same popularity that Starcraft had, did it?

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MilitiaMasterV

That was because players had begun to have buyer fatigue from that company squeezing them for steady streams of cash.

Starcraft 1, and Brood War (Expansion) were two games.

Blizzard decided in their ‘infinite wisdom’ to split Starcraft II into 3 games, one for each race…Terran, Zerg, Protoss.

Then you remember they had done the same with their other series : Warcraft 1, 2, Expansion, 3, Expansion.

Diablo 1, (Unofficial expansion), Diablo 2, Diablo II Expansion, Diablo 3, (Technically another online expansion called ‘Reaper of Souls’), and someday in the future…Diablo 4.

WoW, with all of it’s expansions : Vanilla, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, Legion, Battle for Azeroth, and now Shadowlands.

That’s not counting the ‘remastered’ re-releases, to get people to pay more money for basically the same content ‘updated’, or the ‘Classic’ servers people rallied for, which I’m guessing they probably charged people for.

I’m going to guess, people (like myself) burned out on the company doing this.

It definitely ‘hurt them’ in the PR department to be known as that money-grubbing, so I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest it also made that one less popular…

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, and another thing that really kind of turned me off was how they poorly handled their custom maps. It took them some years to finally get a better thing going with their arcade system, and even then I’m not sure how well that’s going now.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

...now StarCraft II will become quiet, period.

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MilitiaMasterV

Is that referencing Old Yeller? Because if so, that’s great, since I think Raynor implied zerglings were basically just like dogs during the story plot…and he put many down.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Yes,Old Yeller.Was unaware of Raynor’s thoughts about zerglings though.We’ll chalk that one up to serendipity:)

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rosieposie

At BlizzConline 2021 we are proud to announce: StarCraft Immortal!

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Carlo Lacsina

Damn, I don’t have a mouse.

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Bruno Brito

While this is sad, it’s certainly not the end of StarCraft II, which will continue to be supported, especially with its esports. Blizzard’s developers said that this decision “will free us up to think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole.”

I’ve heard that one before.

I wonder how is GW1 esports scene after GW2.

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rahkeesh

GW1’s e-sports consisted of what, two official tournaments? That was dead long before GW2. It had a competive scene, but never rose to e-sports like Starcraft. Meanwhile GW2’s attempt at esports was pretty pathetic.

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Bruno Brito

It doesn’t matter. SC2 competitive scene exist, but it’s not Blizzard main focus and this news doesn’t bode well for it’s players. Say whatever you want about War3, but Reforged helped breathe new life on the game, to the point where it gets regular updates.

SC2 doesn’t have nearly as much activity dev-wise.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Sorry all, but I agree with below – they’ll make a mobile game, at least in meanwhile as Diablo and maybe another major project gets going.

But I disagree with below – a MMO-ish Starcraft game is somewhere likely. Less so if Overwatch 2 is a big success, but if it even flops, they’re not going to drop the shooter (or hero-adventure, whatever) genre/theme. With the ‘support’ they’ve been giving Reforged, I don’t see Blizzard returning to RTS until there’s a profitable revival in the industry all around them.

This is why they’re transitioned to co-op missions.

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Dug From The Earth

Its doubtful any new game they make at this point will be reminiscent of any of their existing games. Activision is in too much control now, and the founding force behind most of their good games are gone from the company.

What we most likely get are games that are generic, mobile friendly, and quick to pump out… yet, still releasing too early. Thats pretty much the mentality of a large corporation like Activision pulling the strings in order to maximize their profits.

Diablo 4, to avoid any more bad press, will probably be the last game that even remotely feels like it stuck to the more traditional Blizzard “when its ready” design mentality… and only because the company is trying to save face after all the negativity they have gotten concerning this game over the past couple years. Even still, it could totally flop, especially if Activision gets antsy and forces them to release it too early.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

It’ll be mobile. They’re thinking everyone should have a phone by now, so they’re going mobile.

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PanagiotisLial1

I would love if they ever made a StarCraft MMORPG. Yes I know its an RTS now but wasnt Warcraft an RTS initially?

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officeape

Yep, Warcrafts 1 through 3 were all RTS’s, so the starting genre shouldn’t be a barrier for Blizzard turning Starcraft into an MMORPG. I’d probably give it a shot.

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PanagiotisLial1

I played 2 and 3, not the first one

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MilitiaMasterV

There was more than just 1/2/3, there was ‘expansions’ in there also. I have all of them sitting around somewhere…and yeah, they were basically RTS (Argue-able at the time with other types of games, as they also had stories and it wasn’t just strategy, but yes, they fit that.)

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Totes McGoats

“but wasnt Warcraft an RTS initially?”

This comment made me feel so old.

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Eamil

Unless they preemptively declare the MMORPG an alternate universe so it doesn’t bring a permanent halt to the RTS series, I’m against this on the grounds that I still want Warcraft 4 and not for Blizzard to take their other RTS series out behind the woodshed.

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PanagiotisLial1

I wouldnt want them to abandon the strategy series but a mmo on same universe would be awesome, especially since we had been overdosed with the Fantasy theme so a more Scifi theme like StarCraft would be perfect

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Kevin Smith

I believe they started to make one, but scrapped the idea. Then they did the ghost thing and scrapped that one also. I don’t think Blizzard will ever make another MMO. They don’t have the right people anymore. Have extended family that worked for them when they were making WoW. It isn’t the same company anymore.

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MilitiaMasterV

They worked on one for years called ‘Titan”, then they realized they’d never get it exactly as they wanted it, so they adjusted it a bit and released it, and you all got ‘Overwatch’. That’s the remnants of their MMORPG idea. You probably won’t be getting another chance at one.

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kgptzac

But MMOs aren’t limited to MMORPGs, where they already have WoW. Starcraft universe is quite good to start an MMO that isn’t character/hero centric game that is we’d find in MMORPG.

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MilitiaMasterV

Good luck prying the IP out of their grasp to try the idea with. They certainly don’t have any ideas left in there…