So, another of 2009’s big games gets moved to 2010.
The list of delayed games gets bigger as Activision Blizzard have announced that the eagerly anticipated StarCraft II won’t be out until the first half of next year. The reason behind the delay is that they want the game to launch at the same time as the revamped Battle.net service.
“To put Battle.net into context, it will be a service similar to Xbox Live and it will leverage the technologies, infrastructure, and expertise that Blizzard has developed over the last decade in multiplayer play and social networking,” said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick
“There is no better opportunity to launch this strategic initiative than through the launch of Starcraft 2. The title is likely to be the most anticipated groundbreaking realtime strategy game of all time and the Battle.net platform is an investment in the future of gaming and an opportunity that we are uniquely positioned to capitalise on.”
A similar service to Xbox Live? Sounds interesting. Blizzard chief Mike Morhaime went into more detail on the integration of StarCraft II and Battle.net.
“The new version of Battle.net is being integrated with StarCraft 2 more tightly than in any previous Blizzard game… In addition to supporting tournaments, rankings, and multi-player game matching for StarCraft 2 and future Blizzard games, the next generation of Battle.net will add social networking features, cross-game-communication, unified login and account management, and more.”
Looks as though the first half of 2010 is going to be a big gaming bonanza. I say bring it on!