Checkpoint: Pre-ordered StarCraft II Edition

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I pre-ordered StarCraft II over at BestBuy for both the $5 off and the multiplayer beta key. However, I quickly came to the realization that the multiplayer isn’t what I want out of my StarCraft II.

Most of South Korea may be clamoring for the competitive aspect of Blizzard’s upcoming real-time strategy game, but not me. I look forward to reacquainting myself with Jim Raynor and his wacky adventures. And after watching footage of StarCraft II’s campaign, I’m quite excited to see it continue.

To help with the wait, I’ll be replaying StarCraft and the Brood War expansion very soon for a refresher on the lore.

So why the lack of multiplayer love? I’m not big on competitive RTS multiplayer; more specifically 1-on-1 competitive play. There is team play, but unlike other genres, I found the requirement for competent partners to be way too high with real-time strategy games. Most of my multiplayer RTS games I’ve ever played were big 3 v 3 games and that’s the way I like them. Unfortunately, I was never able to find willing/capable partners to play with over Battle.net

Who knows? Perhaps I can get a regular duo or trio going when StarCraft II finally ships. Or perhaps with Blizzard’s new ranking and matchmaking systems with Battle.net 2.0, I’ll find similarly skilled individuals to team up with.

StarCraft II Beta Available (For Some)

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Blizzard said the beta was starting this month and they weren’t lying. Lucky folks like the Brad Shoemaker over at GiantBomb have already downloaded the client and begun the closed beta testing.

I wasn’t a chosen one. I logged into my Battle.net account and was greeted with my StarCraft: Anthology games and an offer to try World of Warcraft.

No thanks, Blizzard. I just want in the StarCraft II beta.

Delayed: BioShock 2, Heavy Rain and More

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Update: Add Mafia II, Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne III to the list of delayed games for TakeTwo.

It seems like publishers and developers like to start the week off with disappointing news.

Such as game delays.

TakeTwo’s BioShock 2 was pushed to 2010 which starts November 2009, but don’t expect it this year. It’s definitely a 2010 title. And here’s why:

“.. it was essential to invest the additional time to ensure that this title will deliver what its fans expect and deserve.”

Unlike BioShock 2, Sony’s Heavy Rain was delayed until 2010 for strategic purposes.

“Most publishers today realise that it’s not ideal to release a new IP or a new genre just before Christmas. It’s a very crowded place to be, and certain games need more space to live their life.”

The last piece of game delay news involves StarCraft II. Despite not having an official release date, analysts are expecting Blizzard’s real-time strategy game to be a 2010 title as well. I’m not surprised.

Bethesda tops off today’s delay news with a delay of Fallout 3 downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 which was pushed into September 2009.

Some StarCraft II News To Think About

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Two news articles caught my eye this morning; both StarCraft II related.

The first stated that Blizzard beloved RTS was held up for a year as staff was shifted to the World of Warcraft cash cow.

“One of the reasons that StarCraft II had some delays very early on in development is because a fair amount of the design team went onto World of Warcraft for a year to really help finish that game off,”

They even had a playable build of StarCraft II’s multiplayer for balancing purposes since 2005-2006!

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