StarCraft 2 has been around for a long time – 10 years, as a matter of fact. And, while the game is quite competitive, even now, it’s time for Blizzard to move on to bigger and better things. As such, the company will no longer develop or release major updates for StarCraft 2, although it will continue to release balancing fixes as needed. Going forward, Blizzard will set its sights on “what’s next.”
This news comes via. a new dev update, in which Blizzard VP, Rob Bridenbecker, broke the news. The game will continue to be supported to some extent, but there will be no new for-purchase content and there won’t be a Q4 balance update due to the recently released update.
“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. What this means is that we’re not going to be producing additional for-purchase content, such as Commanders and War Chests, but we will continue doing season rolls and necessary balance fixes moving forward.”
With all of this in mind, however, don’t get too upset. Bridenbecker went on to discuss how StarCraft is core to Blizzard and that this will “free us (Blizzard) up to think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole.”
Does that mean that a new game is coming sometime soon? Well, I wouldn’t hold my breath hoping to see StarCraft III make a surprise appearance anytime soon, but the studio wouldn’t stop major support for StarCraft II if it didn’t really want to look to the future. Give what’s been said here, and how important StarCraft is to Blizzard, there’s little chance the series will be forgotten about and something new will, eventually, come our way.