StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010.

Some bad news for Starcraft fans today. Blizzard just announced that the game, which was due out this October, is now being pushed back to a 2010 release. From what it sounds like, it's mainly because the new version of isn't quite ready to go yet and since it's a huge part of the game, they're having to push back the date until (hopefully) no later than the first quarter of 2010.

"It's official. You won't be playing Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty this year, as Blizzard has moved the release date of the real-time strategy game to the "first half of 2010." No, they never dated it; but they have now.

Activision Blizzard's reason for the delay of Starcraft II is reportedly tied to the relaunch of its upgraded service, which handles multiplayer for all things Blizzard. In a statement to the Blizzard community, the developer writes "Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will take longer than expected to prepare the new for the launch of the game."

Blizzard calls the new an "integral part of the Starcraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward." Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said during an investor call today that the new iteration of will likely be ready "early next year.""

(source: Kotaku)
We're all obviously used to long delays with Blizzard's new games, but the extended waits never seem to get any easier. One can only speculate as to whether this delay will affect the release of Diablo 3. Do you think this will push the release of that game forward or will it stay on track?


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