Blizzard Entertainment confirms speculation of a delay to StarCraft II
saying the sci-fi RTS sequel will not be out by the end of this year, but will
be released in the first half of 2010. This is in part due to setbacks in
preparing the new version of Battle.net
the release, though it will also give them additional time to polish the game
Today we announced that 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 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.