Blizzard is ending the development of new content for StarCraft 2. The game launched in 2010 and is tentpole for Blizzard. StarCraft has been one of the best in eSports since the industry’s beginning. Ending new content development signals the final chapter for the storied game and the birth of a sequel.
While StarCraft 2 won’t be receiving new content, it will be supported. The StarCraft team will be maintaining the game’s competitive needs with “season rolls and necessary balance fixes.” Slowing but still strong, StarCraft had many tournaments this year. The most recent was the 2020 GSL Season 3: Code S. This ESL ran event had a $140,000 pool and over 550,000 hours watched. This was one of the 335 events so far this year. Esports and StarCraft are still performing well. Players will not be abandoned as Blizzard moves on to the next project.
In Blizzard’s press release VP Rob Bridenbecker also hinted at the development of a future StarCraft property.
“We’re going to continue supporting StarCraft II in the same manner as we have with our previous longstanding games, such as Brood War, focusing primarily on what our core and competitive communities care about most.”Blizzard VP Rob Bridenbecker
StarCraft is a tentpole IP alongside World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo. Blizzard will bring back this world in a big way. Most likely we will get a larger and more complex version of the real-time strategy game than ever seen before. With the ability to add additional playable characters over time. This is a popular business model in recent years. Giving the game a longer life and additional funding over its existence. It also makes the eSports scene fresh with new challenges every season.
The long odds are on a whole new genre. Fans of the company know they once tried to create a first-person shooter called StarCraft: Ghost. Stealth agent Nova would take the player deep behind enemy lines to change the course of the war. after a great deal of development, the game was ultimately scrapped. Moved into Blizzard legend, the project was mostly forgotten. But in 2019, a leaker released gameplay footage revealing the missed potential. The internet went wild and Blizzard was watching. A new attempt at the FPS would be an easy financial win.
The fans need not worry, the Zerg are not going anywhere. This phase of StarCraft 2 is needed for the next game. Whether that be a new shooter or a return to its real-time strategy roots; possibly both. StarCraft is too beloved by Blizzard and the gaming community to be left behind.