If you are, then on May 19th Blizzard will announce Starcraft II. Right now they are doing their typical hype-building site countdown; this time (as you’ll see if you visit their site) they have been counting all week through their titles from Warcraft & Warcraft II to presently Diablo II. The original Starcraft was yesterday’s, with the tagged on release date of 1998 which I have oft stressed is a f&#k-long time ago. Like Indiana Jones finding the game in his next movie old.
I was immediately intrigued by the sequence starting off with the relation between the first Warcraft and its sequel, to me insinuating an approaching second of a series, and as we’re all quite aware there is already a g-d second Diablo game. All of this pent up emotion led me to consult with my wife as to the next logical step for the company.
Many people (idiots) are arguing that a Starcraft MMO game is definitely what they’re announcing, because the company has made so much bank on World of Warcraft that they’re now hooked like a Substance-D user on the genre. What we decided, however, is that Blizzard is still making a ton of money off of WoW and they’re currently working on more content for the first expansion to the game. The typical MMO has way more then one expansion, and with 8 million users to alienate before they really have to worry, the company definitely doesn’t want to shatter and scatter their MMO fan-base this quickly.
Others (also idiots) are demanding a new game in the Diablo series. These people are dangerous, probably infected with several VD’s, brain-dead, and should be taken to your local murder-shack and slain as quickly as possible. If you’re lazy, just kick them in the face. To provide some solid argument, the simple fact that Blizz has put up a countdown TIMELINE shows that they’re thinking about the order in which they release games. WC3 came out 7 years after its predecessor, Diablo 2 was a paltry 4 years after the first, and here we sit just shy of 10 years post Starcraft. Why? WHY?!
The rest of the people, if they aren’t blind with rage-filled hope that it is Starcraft 2 and that it is in some form of strategical martial warfare that isn’t turn-based (RTS), are seriously in doubt that the company will want to go back to the tried and true format of their making. My unfounded thought is that the people at Blizzard really want to get back to creating a good old RTS, and making it the best damn RTS ever. The first two Warcraft games had only two, very similar races. Starcraft introduced the three-race balance-through-variety concept, while WC3 took it even further with four races. If they continue that trend the next step is five races, three of which we already know and two that can do nothing but knock our socks off. I postulate (suggest?) a race of robots or mechanical creatures, possibly created by the Terrans and now they have a plan. My long-time dream has been for them to include in some form as a playable race the very creators of the Protoss and the Zerg, but I fear that the Xel’Naga might be a bit too day dreamy for reality. I don’t even care if the game has Space Orks in it…
In conclusion, I don’t think Blizzard quite realizes how many lives are at stake with this on-coming announcement. How can they? If they knew, Starcraft 2 would probably already be in my computer and I’d be hax0ring some bitches with my l33t flying-zergling rush. That’s right, in this game (fantasy) they f-ing FLY!