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Blizzard Announces "StarCraft II"

There was big news from Blizzard Entertainment this weekend, if you are a fan of real-time strategy (RTS) gaming. "StarCraft" is finally getting a sequel - StarCraft II.

To truly understand why this is a VBD (very big deal), you have to understand the world-wide popularity of StarCraft. Even though it was released in 1998, it is still very widely played. In Korea, there is a professional "StarCraft" league, with the best of the best treated like sport or TV stars would be over here in the States. One professional player (check the WIki article) reported making over $200,000 as a professional "StarCraft" player!

So, how will "StarCraft II" differ from the original? Mike Moraime, president of Blizzard Entertainment, said "...With StarCraft II, we'll be able to do everything we wanted to do with the original StarCraft and more". The reports indicate that there will be a single-player campaign, as well as multi-player utilizing Blizzard's Battle.net gaming service. There will also be a map editor to allow players to design their own content.

There is no release date set for this game. I'd expect it to hit the shelves sometime in late 2008, since that would mark the ten year anniversary of the "StarCraft" franchise. Now, if they only would announce Diablo III....