World of Starcraft
There are advantages for working in an office full of geeks. For instance, in order to celebrate the impending release of Starcraft 2 and somehow sate our desires to play it, we decided to install the original Starcraft on our computers at work and have a few games after hours. Although the original is more than tweleve years old, can’t even support a widescreen resolution, is slow as a dog and looks incredibly fugly, it’s still a lot of fun to play… even if I did get my ass kicked by some of my younger, and more up date with SC, colleagues (my feeble excuse being I haven’t played the darn thing in a decade). I’m probably looking forward to SC2 more than even now but still, at the back of my mind, what I really want to play is World of Starcraft.
Although Blizzard have emphatically stated that their next MMO is not based on the Starcraft IP, surely it must be something that’s being discussed internally? Maybe I’m being naive but it would seem almost impossible to imagine that we’ll never, ever see a Starcraft MMO given the huge success of not only World of Warcraft but also the original SC. Not combining the two together would be like (for Americans) not putting jelly on your peanut butter sandwiches or (for Europeans) not drinking wine with your meal or (for Scottish) not deep fat frying every single thing we eat.
Perhaps I’m being brash but I’m happy to confidently state that we will absolutely and definitely, at some point in the future, see a World of Starcraft. It won’t happen anytime soon but then I’m not expecting to either. In fact, I reckon it wouldn’t happen for a good 8-10 years, my secret hope being 2018 as to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original Starcraft. It would be the perfect time for Blizzard too as World of Warcraft may be in it’s death throws or not even around at all and their second MMO would be at a mature age, well into it’s expected lifespan.
The success of Starcraft 2 will be a very telling factor in the timing of a possible SC MMO. By all accounts it looks like it’s going to smash some records when it comes out on Tuesday and if a license has that power after no game has been made using it for 11 years then Activision must be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of the popularity of a World of Starcraft. And let’s not forget Korea. Considering Starcraft is an national televised sport over there, a SC MMO would be well… insane. I imagine they’d have to start teaching it to young children in schools and devise some sort of cybernetic implant to allow players to directly plug themselves into the game.
Frankly, I just don’t see how Blizzard couldn’t not make it. Plus, y’know, I’m gonna need a MMO that I can play with my kids and annoy them by constantly saying “I remember when the original game came out… we didn’t have any of these fancy graphics or futuristic whag-wa-ma-call-its. Back in those days 16MB was a lot of RAM…”.
World of Starcaft. You know you want it.