Blizzard to release third installment in November
On Monday, Blizzard finally provided the launch date for the third installment of the StarCraft II “trilogy,” Legacy of the Void. The PC game will hit the streets on November 10, 2015, just in time for the holidays. To celebrate the news, Blizzard has also launched the Legacy of the Void cinematic that will likely leave StarCraft II fans squirming in their seats for more.
In addition to the launch date, Blizzard is also reminding customers that they can pre-purchase Legacy of the Void. By purchasing the game now, players will receive a prologue campaign called "Whispers of Oblivion" that consists of three missions, and early access to the multiplayer beta.
“You are Hierarch Artanis, leader of the mighty protoss race,” reads the game’s description. “Years ago, your homeworld of Aiur fell to the merciless zerg Swarm. Now, at long last, you have raised a powerful fleet of warships known as the Golden Armada, and are poised to reclaim your world. But an ancient evil—Amon—threatens this destiny and the fate of the entire galaxy. Only you can reunite the protoss factions and defeat the coming darkness before it consumes all life in the sector.”
According to the product page, Legacy of the Void will provide new multiplayer units such as the Adept, Disruptor, Cyclone, Liberator, Ravager, and Lurker. Legacy of the Void will also come packed with automated tournaments that run once a day, pitting players of any skill level against each other. The “expansion” will even bring an Archon Mode to the StarCraft II table, which sees two players defending their base against two opposing players.
If that wasn’t enough, Legacy of the Void will add a new co-op game mode called Allied Commanders. The description says that two friends “fight hosts of enemies in action-packed, objective-driven missions.” Players can level up to unlock new abilities and additional units.
“Master the art of war with StarCraft legends such as Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, and Hierarch Artanis, and use their unique talents to turn the tide of battle in your favor,” reads the description.
If Legacy of the Void is your first dip into the StarCraft II pool, don’t worry yourself about having to purchase the previous two installments, as Legacy of the Void is a standalone product. Customers can pre-purchase the game now for $40 (standard) or $60 (Deluxe). The latter bundle includes unique portraits, a Void Speeder mount, an Archon pet for World of Warcraft, a Protoss-themed card back for Hearthstone, and more.
The first installment in the StarCraft II storyline is Wings of Liberty, which was released for Windows PC and Apple’s OS X platform back in July 2010 (yes, it’s been that long). The second installment, Heart of the Swarm, arrived in March 2013.