Blizzard Entertainment made a bunch of exclusive announcements during last week's BlizzCon, but this one stood out above the rest! The reveal of the first ever trailer for the long awaited Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void got fans brimming with excitement, and provided some hints as to how its thus far enthralling campaign may end.
Starcraft tells the tale of a three-way conflict between the earth-exiled human Terrans, the bug-like alien Zerg, and the psychically-enhanced Protoss. Due to the large ambitions of its narrative, Starcraft 2 is broken up into three acts, with part one and two having focusing on the Terrans and Zerg races respectively. Now Legacy of the Void is set to shed light on the Protoss' perspective and finally wrap up the story of this epic inter-species conflict.
As the title of the trailer suggests, things are looking pretty dire in the Starcraft universe at this point. I'm here to break down some of its key moments:
I'm not entirely sure which planet is exploding in this shot, though it looks a little like the Zerg's previous homeland, Char. In any case, threats regarding the end of the universe are no joke, and the stakes are clearly high considering the wanton destruction in the trailer.
Here Artanis - the player-controlled Protoss commander - is seen channelling some kind of psionic energy to fight off what looks like a menacing swarm of Zerglings. I wonder if this devastating ability will make it in the final game?
Artanis surveys his gargantuan Protoss army as they prepare for battle - "Today, we will reclaim our homeworld!" he tells them. I can't wait to get in there and start raining down fire with his fleet.
A peek at a new enemy type? I don't know what this behemoth is but I know it looks terrifying. I'm sure we'll find out more when the game is finally released!
What's New This Time Round?
According to Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, there's a lot players have to look forward to:
The new single-player campaign will wrap up the massive story, and we're excited to share new game modes that will open up different ways to play the game and additional units that will expand the rich strategic depth of StarCraft II multiplayer.
A press release issued by the company revealed that a brand new multiplayer mode called 'Archon Mode' will change the way players interact with the game. Archon Mode features 2 v 2 action, with each duo co-operatively working together to secure their own base and destroy their opponents'. Having to share one pool of resources could make for some interesting tactical choices...or sibling-like squabbles.
A second new gameplay mode called 'Allied Commanders' will also be introduced, which Blizzard says will allow players to:
...team up and take on the roles of powerful commanders from the StarCraft saga. Each commander offers unique abilities and upgrades and bestows special bonuses on their armies. Players are able to battle through a series of special scenarios together, leveling up their commanders' capabilities as they progress.
Blizzard has also addressed the requests of the professional Starcraft tournament community, adding functionality to enhance online play through automated tournaments.
Details on pricing and availability for Legacy of the Void have not yet been released, but you can sign up for the multiplayer beta right now on Battle.net!
Watch the full trailer here: