The folks over at Blizzard Entertainment, producers of the ridiculously popular World of Warcraft, have been teasing fans all week long with a new splash page on their official home page about an announcement to be made today in Korea about what their next major game release will be. Today they finally made the announcement after generating just tons of speculation on the Internet and the next game to be released will be:
Starcraft 2 was a safe bet considering where they were making the announcement because Korea is just crazy about the original Starcraft which was release in 1998 and is still updated and maintained with patches as recently as two days ago. The original game isn’t just popular in Korea, it’s a national obsession with professional gaming competitions that are carried live on national television in that country with the same level of fandom that football and baseball attracts in this country. Blizzard was there hosting a Starcraft World Wide Invitational so it figured it would see if it could cause an entire nation to explode from the sheer joy of a new version of their national treasure being announced.
Blizzard promises that the sequel will live up to the expectations of the original and, as is the trend with real-time strategy games these days, the game engine will be all new and in 3D. Charles Onyett from IGN.com was there live blogging the announcement with a few more details on the game. Looks like they’re staying true to the original game as much as possible while still offering up some new stuff. No release date has been announced yet. Shakey Cam footage of both the cinematic trailer and gameplay trailer are embedded after the jump, but you can get much better looks at the Official Starcraft 2 Website so it’s best just to go there and check it out.
I’m very excited about this announcement in part because I was a big fan of the original Starcraft so much so that I pulled it back out not too long ago to get used to playing again because my good friend Bob is planning on hosting some Starcraft LAN parties in the not too distant future. The almost ten-year old game stands up very well to any recent release considering the amount of time that’s passed since it first hit shelves. Blizzard has never released a bad game and I doubt this’ll be the first. It’s good to see that they’re not going to sit back and just rake in the cash on World of Warcraft for the rest of time. Of course rumor has it they’re already deep in development on World of Starcraft…