August 5, 2009
II Pushed Back
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
will not see release in 2009.
Activision and Blizzard have
announced that the upcoming first of three parts of StarCraft II will miss its
release window of 2009. The game has been pushed back to the first half of 2010.
Read below to see the full statement from Blizzard’s PR department.
“Today we announced that StarCraft
II: Wings of Liberty will not be ready for release by the end of 2009. Over the
past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will take longer than expected
to prepare the new Battle.net for the launch of the game. The upgraded
Battle.net is an integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be an
essential part of all of our games moving forward. This extra development time
will be critical to help us realize our vision for the service.
Our mission is to develop games that
deliver an epic entertainment experience. As part of that commitment, we will
always take as much time as needed to ensure that our games and services meet
the expectations of our players and the standard for quality that we set for
ourselves as developers. As we work to make Battle.net the premier online gaming
destination, we’ll also continue to polish and refine StarCraft II, and we look
forward to delivering a real-time strategy gaming experience worthy of the
series’ legacy in the first half of 2010.
We will share more details about the
beta, Battle.net, and StarCraft II’s launch in the future. Keep an eye on the
official website at www.starcraft2.com
for updates, and as always, thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support
for StarCraft II and all of Blizzard Entertainment’s games.”