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StarCraft 2 content development is over, Blizzard plans to focus on the franchise’s future

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Just over a decade ago, Blizzard launched a sequel to one of its tentpole games that helped establish the developer in gaming’s latest golden age. StarCraft II was a bold approach at the time, dividing its story campaign into parts that had staggered release dates. Since then, Blizzard has kept the game in development, regularly offering updates and tweaks to keep it active and relevant on the competitive scene.

That much isn’t changing, but for all intents and purposes, development on StarCraft II is all done after this year’s latest and final big patch. “We’re going to continue supporting StarCraft II in the same manner as we have with our previous longstanding games, such as Brood War, focusing primarily on what our core and competitive communities care about most,” executive producer Rob Bridenbecker wrote in a blizzard news post.

What this means is that we’re not going to be producing additional for-purchase content, such as Commanders and War Chests, but we will continue doing season rolls and necessary balance fixes moving forward. On that last note, we’re not planning a Q4 balance update given that we did one a few months ago, but as always, we do plan to continue doing them as needed in the future.

Long story short, any future updates will be focused entirely on the esports scene, allowing Blizzard to start plotting the next chapter in the StarCraft Universe. This “will free us up to think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole,” Bridenbecker explained.

Don’t expect StarCraft to be too much of a focus at BlizzCon Online in February next year, as Blizzard is likely to focus on two of its more immediate projects instead: The return of heroes in Overwatch 2 and another descent into darkness in Diablo IV.

Last Updated: October 19, 2020

7 Comments

  1. They will be thinking how to take this franchise into mobile.

    I still have not finished the campaigns for SC2…it just didn’t feel engaging at all. Whether that was the gameplay, the story, or a combination, it just didn’t FEEL good to play.

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  2. For the Emperor!

    October 19, 2020 at 15:11

    They will be thinking how to take this franchise into mobile.

    I still have not finished the campaigns for SC2…it just didn’t feel engaging at all. Whether that was the gameplay, the story, or a combination, it just didn’t FEEL good to play.

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    • Insomnia is fun

      October 19, 2020 at 15:27

      EA did it with C&C. Also SC2 campaings are stupidly easy compared to the 1st.

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    • HvR

      October 19, 2020 at 16:51

      Was decent and enjoyable, just not worth the full price.

      Also still need the third one but they now screwed me over since it never went on special and now you are forced to buy all 3 at a “discount” price

      Also never really got into multiplayer since you compete against genuis Korean kids hyped on triple dose ritallin with 3 extra boards worth of macro bound programmable keys.

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      • For the Emperor!

        October 20, 2020 at 07:41

        “just not worth the full price” – that also played a role for me I think. Felt like less bang for your buck. Felt like “we will complete the game with DLC” like people always complained about and they said they would not do for so many years. Really felt incomplete…think I finished only the first part of the three as, like I said, didn’t feel engaging enough.

        Also, MP, not for me.

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      • For the Emperor!

        October 20, 2020 at 07:41

        “just not worth the full price” – that also played a role for me I think. Felt like less bang for your buck. Felt like “we will complete the game with DLC” like people always complained about and they said they would not do for so many years. Really felt incomplete…think I finished only the first part of the three as, like I said, didn’t feel engaging enough.

        Also, MP, not for me.

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  3. Insomnia is fun

    October 19, 2020 at 15:27

    Why? It’s almost been a decade, what’s the rush? Not like people are getting older. I mean there was a 12 year gap between the first two. That’s like three whole Olympics.

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