StarCraft 2 release pushed back until 2010

By Justin Mann on August 5, 2009, 4:15 PM
A small bit of disappointment came from Activision today after they confirmed that StarCraft II will not be released on its original schedule. Rather than coming out in the second half of this year, the game has been pushed back to the first half of 2010. Though disappointing to eager fans, the delay is not surprising. Not only had Blizzard put themselves up against a wall with a tight time window for the beta, it also claimed numerous times before that if delays were necessary they would implement them.

Blizzard attributed the delay to needing additional development time for Battle.net, which may be beneficial in the long run for the game's success. The company has a lot riding on StarCraft II, so making sure it is polished and ready for the world is going to be important particularly so since they hope for all StarCraft fans to be shelling out for three separate boxes to get the complete game.




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tengeta tengeta said:

WoW makes more money, its obviously their first priority.

Guest said:

i think they fear that the rising economic depression will ruin their sales. which it probably would. if they think along these lines, starcraft 2 will most likely not be released within the next few years unless they decided to cut prices dramatically. lets see.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Well at least they're consistent. Every game blizzard has ever released has been delayed.

Guest said:

It is almost safe to say, that all reasons stated by blizzard officials are not authentic. For a company like blizzard/activision it is impossible to cause delays like that due to balancing work. Not to employ enough people to release the game this year would be totally insane, if there weren't serious macroeconomic issues coming up.

Guest said:

by the way, what we see in contemporary political decision making regarding the economy is a textbook illustration of a total noobish macro management. the micro though is good. people are kept under control just fine.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I am Jack's total lack of surprise.

czplayer czplayer said:

I didn't know Activision and Blizzard were together... Hope they don't fumble the ball with SC2.

Anyways, I'm not surprised with the delay Star Craft Ghost was delayed for a long time then canceled. I would be pissed if they did that with sc2 since it is a good possibility.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

czplayer said:

I didn't know Activision and Blizzard were together... Hope they don't fumble the ball with SC2.

Anyways, I'm not surprised with the delay Star Craft Ghost was delayed for a long time then canceled. I would be pissed if they did that with sc2 since it is a good possibility.

It's very very unlikely they would cancel Starcraft 2 seeing all the in game footage they have released. SC Ghost didn't get nearly as much exposure, only a few screen shots. It still was unfortunate that it got canceled.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

LOL.

Guest said:

Wendig0 said:

I am Jack's total lack of surprise.

LMAO! Nice Fight Club reference!

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

It's very very unlikely they would cancel Starcraft 2 seeing all the in game footage they have released. SC Ghost didn't get nearly as much exposure, only a few screen shots.

I remember seeing gameplay footage of SC: Ghost in the trailer that came with Reign of Chaos.

BTW Blizzard, where the **** is Diablo 3?!

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Since D3 was announced after SC2 I'd be guessing 2012 at the earliest. Probably 2013.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

It is almost safe to say, that all reasons stated by blizzard officials are not authentic. For a company like blizzard/activision it is impossible to cause delays like that due to balancing work. Not to employ enough people to release the game this year would be totally insane, if there weren't serious macroeconomic issues coming up.

So much wrong with this post, I don't even know where to start... If SC2 was the ONLY game Blizzard was developing/testing/maintaining, your statements might be partially true. But you might want to take a look out the window at the economic state of the world. For a company to hire on a massive crew, push inflated and ridiculous development costs, and just throw extra people at a product just to get it done and put all their eggs in one basket, that would just be ignorant and negligent. The company has a staff, they are working on their titles, and if they run into problems, they push the release date back to make sure they put out a good product.

I, for one, am glad that Blizzard still holds quality above pushing out unfinished crap to be patched later, simply because someone assigned an arbitrary release date and they had better meet it or face the whiny cry-babies upset by a few months delay. I've played way too many games that were released too early, and lived through insufferable patches just to make the things PLAYABLE, let alone fun. PC games are a cut-throat market with minimal margins on the majority of the titles released, so if you have something like a reputation for quality and depth in your games, you stick with that and let the whiners just do what they do best.

Docnoq said:

Vrmithrax said:

I've played way too many games that were released too early, and lived through insufferable patches just to make the things PLAYABLE, let alone fun.

I agree that it is smart to push the release date back until the game is finished, but there will always be things overlooked and in need of patching. As long as they don't assume the game is completely finished once it is released and keep up with the patching, I wouldn't mind an earlier release with a few bugs. Hell, I enjoy the crap out of Socom for PS3 and that game has all sorts of major bugs. Still a fun game, though.

gingerbill said:

WoW makes more money, its obviously their first priority.

stupid thing to say as they are made by completely diffrent teams . It's obvious the game would be delayed as every blizzard game is delayed , they are to be applauded as they put quality before rushing it out to make a quick buck.

It scares me how long the wait for D3 will be , so looking forward to that.

Guest said:

you might want to take a look out the window at the economic state of the world. For a company to hire on a massive crew, push inflated and ridiculous development costs, a

The economy goes straight down the tube. US bankruptcy might be just around the corner. You will see that in a few months. The US doesn't have any means of financing their huge deficit, nobody buys their treasury

bonds. To see the record deficit the US will produce this year visit cbo.gov. China is creating a bubble by stating their (export-dependent) economy is working well again, which is absolutely impossible. This serves the purpose of buying enough time to get rid of toxic us-assets. Both US-bankruptcy and the burst of the China bubble would lead to a global economic collapse. The only thing I'm curious about is what happens first.

As for the development costs, don't forget that workers want to be paid every month.

Guest said:

Starcraft 2 was never officially delayed. Obviously its not coming out this month though. This is just a rumor. Given that Blizzcon is around the corner and almost every games beta has been started after/during blizzcon the best guess would be that the beta will be out by the end of this month and that sc2 will be out 3-4 months after beta testing

PanicX PanicX, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

I'm a big fan of multiplayer RTS, and seeing as how the last good RTS I can think of was Supreme Commander and the networking was horrid, I'm glad to see Blizzard straightening out the Battle.net issues before release.

Guest said:

Supreme Commander.... REALLY? Go kill yourself

PanicX PanicX, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

My, with such a well thought out and witty rebuttal, I see no alternative to your request.

Really.

Grimrocker said:

Why am i not surprised? Or rather why am i so disinterested?

Guest said:

Where did you come up with 2012 - 2013 tekkaraiden? With this game being in the works for around 5 years, four characters have been released and you wanna think that its going to be another 3 years? They started releasing data on the game in June of 2008... Why would they have all this information just sitting there for 5 whole years.

If D3 will start with 5 characters as it normally does, it should be released in 2010/11 (I hope its the former). More time than that and D3 will lose all its hype. It just would not make any sense at all to open up the game site and leave it idling. Best than rumors can tell, it should be released around the same time as SC2.

Guest said:

me thinks it was pushed back due to the release of cataclysm.

wow makes a sh!tload more money than starcraft 1 and 2 ever will...monthly.

So, obviously they want to finish the WoW expo to:

A) keep people playing by adding something new

B) lure new customers to the game.

Unfortunately, this means SCII is on the back burner.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

Yeah, it's funny because alot of WoW players think that they are the king of gaming.

South Korean Gamers would laugh their *** off if they walked into an American Internet Cafe

Lol.

If you've been to korea, you would notice that SOO MANY of them also spend massive amounts of time playing RPG style time wasters...

On top of that, American Counter-Strike players would lol at Koreans playing Sudden Strike!

But Korean proscene Starcraft is still my favorite though .

Guest said:

I would just like to say that blizzard is not affiliated with the government. Its games are worldwide. I understand you saw this as an opporrtunity to show everyone how much you know about world economics... but unfortunately your comments on "US bankruptcy" hold no value, considering Blizzard isn't the US.

Guest said:

The US is not a person or company, it can't go bankrupt,

it can always create more debt and one can collect on the debts.

Even the Federal Reserve, the private for-profit corporation who prints our money is powerless.

One new law could take everything they own.

The US can just decide to reorganize and not honor any old debt and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Other countries will just go along and do whatever we tell them.

When you have the most powerful army and economy in the world you set the rules and terms, and thats why everyone resents us, pure jealousy, and they don't do anything about it because everything we do is for the best, and they know it.

China has no choice but to play ball and buy our dollars and debt.

They can barely manage their country and need us more than we need them.

Lets face it, the US by far is the most successful country in the history of mankind.

Even the poorest among us have cable tv, and have problems not getting fat.

Never in the history of the world has obesity been a problem for poor people.

Its not perfect, but its better than anything else mankind has come up with.

As far as health care goes,

if you are sick, go into any hospital, they have to treat you, its the law.

None of that has anything to do with Blizzard delaying the game.

The reasons they give are plausible and probably correct.

Blizzard is one of the few companies that makes decent games anymore and actually have some sense of quality control.

Guest said:

I came here about SC2.

Not propaganda ;_;

Tehoste Tehoste said:

I didn't know Activision and Blizzard were together... Hope they don't fumble the ball with SC2.

Anyways, I'm not surprised with the delay Star Craft Ghost was delayed for a long time then canceled. I would be pissed if they did that with sc2 since it is a good possibility.

I'd probably kill myself if SC2 canceled. Well, maybe not kill myself but I'd be really upset. I still play Starcraft with all my friends, we've been waiting wayyyy too long for this game

Guest said:

But why is it coming out so late other then wow... i mean how long has it taken them??? 5 or 6 years???

Ju1iet said:

Back to work CWAL team!

Guest said:

wrong. World of Warcraft isnt all about the money. Alot of more casual players are eager for the storyline of World of Warcraft. Starcraft 2 is a competition based RTS that isnt noob friendly. they have these games for the different basis of players. it's not like they take all the money that they get from wow and gross completely off of it. blizzard / activision is owned by a company in europe and they're dispersed a specified amount based off what they are allotted. All of you tards that feel that they make uber cash... NO. game designers , artists, programmers, the hundreds of people on their team ALL need money per hour to make a game. and of hte allotted money, its not that much. which is why people left their team in the first place to make games they wanted to have the money they were being given to make something they like. which is the reason why wow's quality has gone down.

Starcraft is a whole different game completely. blizzards games have always been top quality and never flawed. now the reason they probably pushed it back was because of this cash issue. wait it out, be patient and stfu :]

Guest said:

nice comment! : )

Guest said:

You got to be kidding, i ve been waiting for god knows how many years for d3. we should have been waiting for d5 ! Graphics already looks bad, because they are not able to finish the game. They work at wow all the time, that s why they can t finish d3.

Guest said:

Its a lot better from Blizzard's point of view to have people complain about delays now than about game quality when it finally comes out. Are any of you not going to buy the game because its coming out late? Didn't think so.

And what's up with this "they may cancel SC2" shenanigans? No worries, chaps, that aint happening.

Guest said:

I would much rather the game be delayed, an be good, than the game come out now and suck. But we gotta give it to Blizzard, they always come out with top class games.

Guest said:

at this point is it even going to come out before 2020. its been like 15 ****ing years

Guest said:

If as you say, they are different teams, why would you think that D3 release is subordinated to SC2?

Alexexex Alexexex said:

Starcraft Graphics lost their classical touch in the second comeback...

I probably would have a real problem recognizing the individual units in the game, sigh...

Guest said:

i doubt they would postpone the release of their video game due to an "economic depression". MW2 was released in 2009 and became the highest grossing video game evaaaaaaaaaaaa

Guest said:

Will it go the way of Duke Nukem Forever (4)?

The more you wait, the more you need to report to a new engine that is not dated.

Guest said:

It doesnt if they expect that Sales will increase with their delays, Im still gunna get for free online. ; )

Guest said:

It seems that only a handful understand how a company is run. WoW, d3, d2 patch 1.13, Starcraft patches, sc2, etc. all have their own teams, and these teams usually don't work on multiple projects! Just because fictional person Henry works at a drive through does not mean he has to do every task possible. They maximize their production speed and quality by limiting the divergence of team members. Thus, wow team knows the most about wow, so why would they be working on sc2?

Guest said:

i cant wait till starcraft 2 comes out i love this game! :D

Guest said:

i love it when people try to hand out college educations via forum replies.

Guest said:

Omg when will this come out ! i loved this game so much and i sometimes still play number 1 on the nin64. God that system used to be so good.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

July 27th, beta ends May 31.

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