Blizzard’s StarCraft franchise used to rule the RTS eSports scene, and to a certain extent, StarCraft 2 is still beloved and played by many even today. However, the game is rather long in the tooth so it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Blizzard has announced that they will no longer be developing for the game any further.
When Blizzard released Diablo 3 for consoles, it was the company’s first console release. However, in case you didn’t know, back in 2002, Blizzard had attempted to branch into consoles with its StarCraft franchise through a third-person shooter game known as StarCraft: Ghost, but the game never came to pass.
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.
The current storyline of Blizzard’s Starcraft franchise officially came to a close a couple of years ago. There is no doubt a ton of love for the Starcraft series, and so many are wondering what Blizzard might have planned for the future of the series. It turns out that Blizzard was developing a first-person shooter based on the Starcraft universe.
There is the popular saying, “Practice makes perfect”. The principle behind it is that the more you work on something, in theory you should get better at it. This principle was put to the test when Google’s DeepMind AI trained to beat some of the world’s top StarCraft 2 pros, which they successfully did by winning 10-1.
Blizzard was primarily known as a company who developed games for the PC. However over the years the company has diversified their offerings where games such as Overwatch and Diablo have expanded to consoles. They have also expanded to mobile where titles such as Hearthstone remains incredibly popular, and where Diablo Immortal will be launching as well.
Gamescom 2018 will be kicking off in the next couple of days, and at the event we expect that there will be a bunch of new announcements and showcases from various developers and publishers. In fact Blizzard themselves are expected to make several announcements, such as new Overwatch content.
Over the years we’ve seen a variety of clothing items created for Blizzard’s games, whether they are officially licensed or created by Blizzard themselves. However it looks like Blizzard is taking its fashion game to the next level as their collaboration with Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo has finally launched.
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.
The other day Blizzard announced that they would be spending a month celebrating StarCraft’s 20th Anniversary. This would come in the form of various gifts and events across all of Blizzard’s games, but it seems that Blizzard isn’t alone in celebrating the legendary RTS game turning 20-years old.
When it comes to RTS games, it’s hard not to think about Blizzard’s StarCraft. The game helped to generate a ton of popularity in the RTS competitive scene, and for many years despite it being old, the original StarCraft remained a popular title to play during competitions, which was later succeeded by StarCraft 2.
Given that pretty much all games these days seem to require an always-on internet connection, which also means that gamers might be more susceptible to hacks. That could have been the case for gamers who enjoy Blizzard’s games because according to Google researcher Tavis Ormandy, Blizzard’s games were recently discovered to contain a hijacking exploit.
While MOBAs like League of Legends of DotA 2 might be arguably more popular than Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm, one of the cool things about the game is that it brings all of Blizzard’s franchises together under a single title. This means that if you’ve always been curious as to how Warcraft and Diablo characters might play together, this is it.
At the earlier part of 2017, Blizzard announced that they were working on a remastered version of StarCraft in which the game would be basically getting a visuals upgrade along with some tweaks here and there. The game was also set for a launch on the 14th of August and sure enough according to Blizzard’s announcement, the game is now live.