How could StarCraft II not finding its way onto your hard drive’s hungry cylinders until sometime in 2010 possibly be “good news”? Because instead of rushing what, good or bad, will undoubtedly be the most anxiously scrutinized real-time strategy debut in recent years out the door, Blizzard’s decided to sit on the game until 2010, citing work on Battle.net as the culprit.
What Blizzard’s saying:
Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will 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 an essential part of all of our games moving forward. This extra development time will be critical to help us realize our vision for the service.
Our mission is to develop games that deliver an epic entertainment experience. As part of that commitment, we will always take as much time as needed to ensure that our games and services meet the expectations of our players and the standard for quality that we set for ourselves as developers. As we work to make Battle.net the premier online gaming destination, we’ll also 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 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 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.
So there you have it. Whether it’s in fact Battle.net or the game itself that needs the extra shine hardly matters. Something does, and Blizzard’s saying ix-nay on the hasty elease-ray.