We are sure you know, Blizzard has published on 27.7.2010 Starcraft 2 "Wings of Liberty".
Released the game for Windows and Mac. About console versions are unfortunately not yet available - because Blizzard has, however, been in intensive Gespäche with Microsoft last year  and Starcraft 2 perfectly on the Xbox 360 would be playable, a later release is not excluded like the PlayStation version of Diablo.
Starcraft II Battle.net multiplayer only / online forced to install
To install Starcraft 2 you have to connect you with the Battle.net, even if you only want to play the game offline. Your CD Key is so tied to the account. If someone really do not have Internet access, it must at least briefly with his PC to the network.
Initially, there was some excitement about the lack of LAN mode, the Blizzard has perhaps removed from protection against piracy. For smaller LAN parties but this still represents a big problem, because an ordinary DSL16k line provides enough power for the relatively few data transferred.
Next point of criticism was the "RealID" (Real name in user profiles) that sought to introduce Battle.net accounts for Blizzard. This issue now appears to be off the table for now, according to the user (as reported) uA Community Manager Bashiok vorführten the potential for abuse of this feature.
The Fort tongues of Wings of Liberty are:
- Starcraft 2 - Heart of the Swarm and
- Starcraft 2 - Legacy of the Void
These are (probably in distance) closer illuminate the remaining races. However, if you Blizzards new addon policies, may be seen. However, the offered content in single-player missions for the money is quite good.
Blizzard has invented something that is dusted genre of real time strategy StarCraft II certainly not new, but it has yet to be constructed of the prior period.
The chart is to be considered sufficient and quite pretty for an RTS. Judging by the rather low hardware requirements (see end of article), you can refer to them as very successful, even if it is necessary for the full enjoyment of playing and a powerful computer.
However, some users reported some teething problems with older-generation graphics chips. So Blizzard will patch the next few weeks. Also on newer integrated graphics solutions such as Nvidia ION is Starcraft 2 playable in a very low level of detail.
Frame rate limit:
Unnecessary overloads of the graphics card, you can prevent, in which one limited by a small change in the config frame rates.
Opens to the variables.txt and adds a line at the end the following:
frameratecapglue = 30
frameratecap = 60
As in the first Part of your maps you can even tinker with a level editor.
Blizzard delivers a truly successful game. For almost 50 €, it is certainly worth the price, since it will probably be like its predecessor, also announced over the years. Starcraft 2 should therefore be a must buy, even if you have not played any of the previous.
The online press evaluates consistently positive:
- Buffed 92/100,
- IGN 9.0/10
- Gamespot 9.5/10
Here is a short gameplay video of the first Mission
Starcraft 2 Hardware Requirements
- PC: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX 9.0c
- 2.6 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
- 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT or ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card or better
- Mac: Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or newer
- Notebook NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT or ATI Radeon X1600 or better
- PC / Mac: 12 GB available HD space
- 1 GB RAM Windows XP, 1.5 GB Windows Vista / Windows 7, 2 GB Mac
- DVD-ROM drive
- Broadband Internet connection
- 1024X720 minimum display resolution
- Recommended Specifications:
- PC: Windows Vista / Windows 7
- Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon HD 3870 or better
- Mac: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
- 4 GB of system RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4670 or better
- Full HD / Ultra requirements
- Requirements Full HD / Ultra:
- Quad-core or fast Dual Core CPU (eg E8400 or better)
- HD 5850 / GTX 285
- 2-4 GB RAM (depending on operating system and number of units)
Blizzard recently announced that in future his first name & last name in plain sight in the new Battle.net account must specify. To this end, also Diablo Community Manager Bashiok decided to write his name in forum.
"Micah Whipple at your service."
He probably had not thought about how quickly the community would come to their personal information including address, telephone number and information about family members. Some sites have the information now removed, but they continue to spread in the network.
So far, it was strictly forbidden in the Battle.net forum to publish personal data of users in any way. Now Blizzard cancels the self-imposed rule and would ascend to the social network. It is also questionable that information from children it can be published. Although there are some functions for parents to prevent this - but what parents care even for the computer games their kids?
Affected are currently only matches in the "Battle.net 2.0" (WoW, Starcraft II and Diablo III) - whether the older games are integrated, is not yet known.
What do you think of Blizzard's plans?
At 3.6. by 4 clock starts (CET) early ticket sales for the first Blizzcon 2010.
For proud U.S. $ 150 you can you secure one of the coveted tickets. The Blizzcon 2010 of 22 - 23 10th again be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Besides Diablo 3 of course some will come to Starcraft 2 and the new WoW addon "Cataclysm".
The second Sales promotion runs on 5.6. a reasonable amount of time (19:00 h). However, if you really want to take the long way up, which is probably also for the alarm clock.
We'll see you in California
Frank Pearce (Executive Vice President of Product Development) in an interview.
- WoW Addon (Cataclysm)
- Starcraft II
Blizzard had originally ruled a pure lan mode for Diablo 3 and Starcraft second Now Battle.net developer Greg Canessa relativized the statement and put a network mode in view, which requires only a short key control on Battle.net.
"We are working on solutions with regard to things we can do to maintain connectivity to Battle.net in some way, but so Provide a great quality connection between players"
So this way, even in future LAN parties on Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 hope because they do not have to send the entire traffic on the relatively low bandwidth of the Internet connection.
Of course, both games will still have a single-player mode.
Blizzard was just announced that Diablo 3 "beta" will be playable at Gamescom in Cologne. We reported already about Blizzard's extra-large stand, which is ideal for the presentation.
Here's the official Press Release:
Blizzard Entertainment at gamescom 2009
We are pleased to announce you that both StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and Diablo III will be playable at gamescom 2009. Visitors to the booth of Blizzard Entertainment in Hall 6, B21 and B31 can experience on our computers even the feel of both games - for Diablo III, this is the first time in Europe.
Our stand is from Thursday, 20 August to Sunday 23 August publicly. If you want to know what gamescom has to offer and we get there at their best, just check once over on the website of gamescom.
The microblogging system Twitter is worldwide known at least since the "election" in Iran.
Blizzard Entertainment has now recognized that it may very well distribute news and advertising to the games this way. So without further ado 3 new channels were opened, which are probably filled with content to BlizzCon.
Natürich is also our blog already represented some time on Twitter. We are happy about every follower
As you might have read with us to hesitate is through some Starcraft 2 Battle.net problems until summer 2010.
Mike Morhaime (Blizzard CEO) commented as follows on the subject:
- The delay of Starcraft 2 will affect the release date of Diablo 3 is not
- 2010, Blizzard released two great games
- The names of the games would not confirm Mike (Why, where SC2 is both but already announced for 02/09?)
Michael Morhaime: While we have not announced the release dates of any of the titles, I did want to confirm the move of Starcraft into 2010 does not affect, the release schedules of any of our other games.
Michael Morhaime: I would just like to reiterate did we have not announced any release dates on any future titles. And I also want to reiterate did the move of StarCraft into next year does not impact the schedule and so it would be correct to Conclude did You Could expect two releases of Blizzard next year but I would not make any conclusion on what Those titles are going to be.
The summary of all the content you will find here .
Now can speculate: If Blizzard pushes so far at this early stage after SCII back, would be more than enough time for the release of Diablo 3
Work on the new Battle.net delay development
On a conference call with investors, the joint venture Publisher Activision / Blizzard has announced the launch of Starcraft 2 moved to 2010. Bobby Kotick (Activision / Blizzard CEO) cited the reason that delays the new version of Battle.net. The work is expected to be completed until Q1/2010. Blizzard expects a release still in the first half of 2010.
As you know, Diablo 3 also uses the new Battle.net "2.0" and is therefore also betroffen.Vor of these delays summer of 2010, so it will probably not with a release of Diablo third
Furthermore, gave A / B from a forecast of the revenues in 2009, which should be about 4 billion U.S. dollars.
On Battle.net, Blizzard-Forum News Poster "Cydra" commented as follows on the subject:
We did today announced StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will not be ready for release by the end of 2009. Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear it did want to take longer than expected to prepare the new Battle.net for the launch of the game. The upgraded Battle.net is an integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be of essential part of all of our games moving forward. This additional development time will be critical to help us realize our vision for the service.
Our mission is to develop games did deliver an epic entertainment experience. As part of commitment did, we will always take as much time as needed to Ensure did our games and services meet the expectations of our players and the standard for quality did we set for ourselves as developers. As we work to make Battle.net the premier online gaming destination, so we'll continue to polish and refine StarCraft II, and we look forward to delivering a real-time strategy gaming experience worthy of the series' legacy in the first half of in 2010.
We will share more details about the beta, Battle.net, and StarCraft II's launch in the future. Keep an eye on the official website at http://www.starcraft2.com for updates, and as always, thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support for StarCraft II and all of Blizzard Entertainment's games.
All who bought a ticket for the show, you got a few hours ago an email from Blizzard.
The visitors have the opportunity of 5 8 - 7 8 (18 to 18 clock) - preorder very special merch items that are sold exclusively to trade visitors only.
Here is the e-mail that Blizzard has sent:
Heading to BlizzCon 2009? Planning to purchase some souvenirs at the show? We wanted to send you one last reminder did for the first time ever, you'll be fashionable to shop for items from the BlizzCon 2009 store BEFORE the event during our limited-time-only, online BlizzCon 48-Hour Sale! For a limited time beginning August 5 at 10:01 am Pacific time, BlizzCon 2009 ticket buyers * will have the opportunity to purchase select BlizzCon 2009 store merchandise online. Items purchased through this sale will be shipped directly to your home, Allowing you to avoid store lines at the show and giving you more time to take in the panels, tournaments, and other events at BlizzCon 2009.
HERE'S HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
- Between 10:00 am Pacific Time on August 5 and 10:00 am on August 7, log in to the online Blizzard Store ( http://www.blizzard.com/store ) using the Battle.net account you used to purchase your BlizzCon 2009 tickets.
- Click the special "BlizzCon Sale" button in the lower-right corner of your screen.
- Browse new BlizzCon 2009 items created Especially for attendees, add them to your cart, and then proceed to check out.
- Items will be shipped directly to your home.
- Enjoy the show!
It's that simple! Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you at BlizzCon 2009!
* Please note: Only the ORIGINAL TICKET PURCHASER will have access to BlizzCon 2009 merchandise during this online sale, and the Battle.net account used to purchase the tickets is required. If you received BlizzCon 2009 tickets through another attendee, you will need to coordinate with the original ticket purchaser to participate To in this sale.