A lot of games come with bots to allow players to play against a computer. This lets players test out new builds or strategies or if they don’t have an internet connection to play with real players online. Now, for the most part, the AI used in bots isn’t very good. They are usually predictable and once you’ve figured out their pattern, it’s easy to beat.
It will soon be possible for players to take on DeepMind’s StarCraft II AI. Blizzard and Alphabet will be testing out the AlphaStar AI in a select number of public matches, giving the AI an opportunity to showcase its skills against human players. It’s certainly not going to be easy trying to defeat the AI in this game.
While StarCraft 2’s storyline has been officially concluded, it doesn’t look like Blizzard is quite done with the game just yet. The company has announced that in the next major patch for the game, they will be introducing paid, premium maps that players will be able to check out via the Arcade feature in the game.
Blizzard has announced during its BlizzCon conference that StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play starting November 14th. The free version of the game will provide players with access to the Wings of Liberty single-player campaign as well as every co-op commander up through level five. That’s not all. Blizzard is also making StarCraft 2’s online ranked competitive multiplayer available for free and players will be able to access units from all […]
Last year Google and Blizzard announced a team up of sorts where Google wanted to see if its DeepMind AI was capable of learning and playing Blizzard’s StarCraft 2. It seemed like a bit of a novel idea, and now it looks like Google and Blizzard will be furthering their efforts with the launch of the StarCraft 2 API.
One of the ways that Valve manages to get the prize pool of its The International DotA 2 tournament so high is through player contributions. Fans and players of the game can donate towards the overall prize pool, and at the same time they will be rewarded with certain items in game, thus making it feel a bit more worth it.
If you’re looking forward to seeing more heroes and characters introduced in Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm MOBA, you’ll be pleased to learn that the developer has recently announced a new character that will soon be finding his way into the game, and this comes in the form of Alexei Stukov, who might be familiar to those who played StarCraft 2.
The first installment in the StarCraft 2 series was Wings of Liberty which launched way back in 2010. It was then followed by Heart of the Swarm and last but not least, Legacy of the Void. However could Blizzard be considering giving away the first installment in StarCraft 2? According to a post on Reddit, it certainly seems that way.
While RPGs have been around way before computer games existed, it’s safe to say that with the introduction of Diablo, Blizzard pretty much changed the landscape of the action-RPG scene. For those who were too young to have played the original Diablo, you might be interested to learn that the franchise is now 20 years old.
The thing about Blizzard is that they are constantly keeping their games updated with new content, so much so that returning to a game you stopped playing a couple of years ago and you could find yourself in what feels like a brand new game. This also means that new players don’t have to worry about only just getting into titles like StarCraft 2.
If you’ve ever played any of Blizzard’s RTS games like Warcraft or StarCraft, you know that the AI that Blizzard employs isn’t exactly the most devious or challenging. This is especially true after you’ve played against them for a while in which you’ll start to discover that they follow a script/pattern that you can exploit.
Last year Blizzard announced that they will be releasing the Nova Covert Ops DLC for StarCraft 2 this year, and at BlizzCon 2016 this year, the company announced that they will be launching the third and final pack of the DLC later this month which will effectively end the DLC’s campaign.
As far as the StarCraft franchise is concerned, the current storyline has pretty much come to an end, meaning that if and when Blizzard does start thinking about StarCraft 3 (if they haven’t already), it will focus on a completely brand new story. However in the meantime, it sounds like Blizzard still has plans for StarCraft 2.
While Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm are Blizzard’s more recent attempts at trying to create more competitive games, it goes without saying that StarCraft was probably the company’s first and most successful attempt to date, with StarCraft 2 taking it to the next level with new graphics, gameplay, and features.