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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

is an upcoming standalone expansion pack to the military science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and the third part of the StarCraft II... read more

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Release: 10-Nov-2015

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is an upcoming standalone expansion pack to the military science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and the third part of the StarCraft II trilogy developed by Blizzard Entertainment.

The expansion will include additional units and multiplayer changes from Heart of The Swarm, as well as a continuing campaign focusing on the Protoss species. The campaign will focuses on Artanis as its main character. Blizzard launched its invite-only beta testing of the game on March 31, 2015.  

The pre-order of the game was announced and made available for purchase on Battle.net and major game retailers on July 15, 2015. Pre-ordering the game grants immediate access to the multiplayer beta and a set of 3 prologue missions titled Whispers of Oblivion, which was also made available to all players following the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm 3.0 update at October 6, 2015.

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Gameplay

The single-player campaign will contain elements of diplomacy. The player will work with different Protoss tribes which will help them gain allies and advance the plot, but at the same time making them enemies with other tribes. Using units from one side may preclude using units from the other side, and alienating one or another sect may cut the player off from part of the campaign. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to unite the various tribes into a viable, unified force that can ensure the Protoss' survival. As in the previous two games, which focused on Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan respectively, the campaign will have a central character, which will be Artanis.

Plot

The single-player part of the expansion will focus on the Protoss race. The creature Amon will be the primary antagonist of the story. Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan will play smaller parts in the story as well. 

Chris Metzen has likened the story to that of the film 300, with a small force engaging a much more powerful one in a desperate last stand. The storyline will conclude the StarCraft II trilogy.

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Development

The development of StarCraft II was announced on May 19, 2007, at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Seoul, South Korea. At the June 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitational, Blizzard Executive Vice President Rob Pardo said that StarCraft II was to be released as a trilogy of games, starting with Wings of Liberty, focused on the Terrans, followed by Heart of the Swarm, revolving around the Zerg, and finally Legacy of the Void, devoted to the Protoss. Blizzard's storyboard team was already working on Heart of the Swarm in early 2010 while Wings of Liberty‍ 's game play was refined.

Little to no development was going into Legacy of the Void as of 2008. Work had started on Legacy of the Void story, scripts and missions by March 2013, as Heart of the Swarm neared release. Dustin Browder, the game director of StarCraft II, stated that "we will certainly do our best to reduce the time between expansions", while noting that "efficient and quick game development is not something we have traditionally been great at." As of February 2013, James Waugh is serving as lead writer on Legacy of the Void.

By August 2013, the story for Legacy of the Void was written, much of the cinematics were completed, and voice actors were in the studio recording dialogue for the game. Dustin Browder announced in November 2013 he was satisfied with the game's story, but felt the missions and campaign mechanics needed more work, to make them "feel" like Protoss missions.

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In November 2014, Blizzard released additional information for the game. As opposed to earlier information, the expansion won't require the original game, and will be released as a stand-alone expansion. Blizzard also announced the new cooperative game play modes Archon Mode, and Allied Commander. Additionally, new units and unit redesigns for the multiplayer part of the game were showcased. The beta testing started on March 31, 2015. On September 13, 2015 at the WCS Season 3 finals in Krakow, Blizzard announced that the release date will be November 10, 2015. 

On June 16, 2015 at E3, Blizzard announced the upcoming release of a prologue to Legacy of the Void titled Whispers of Oblivion consisting of 3 missions. The prologue is available to anyone who pre-purchases the game. After the October 6, 2015 update to Heart of the Swarm, it was made available to all players. The mini-series is intended to bridge the storyline between Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void.

On October 13, 2015, Blizzard announced a free digital prequel comic book with Artanis being the protagonist. Titled Artanis: Sacrifice, the comic was written by Matt Burns and James Waugh and illustrated by Edouard Guiton and Emanuele Tenderini. It is set to be released on October 20, 2015.



This article uses material from the Wikipedia article StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.


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