July 20, 2010 by Paul Curtin
With exactly one week until the release of the sequel to one of the biggest games of all time, advertisements for StarCraft 2 have begun flooding television and the internet. Released 12 years ago back in 1998, and selling over 11 million copies since then, the original StarCraft is considered to be one of the most popular video games of all time. For many gamers, the original StarCraft was their first experience at true online gaming through the use of Blizzard’s Battle.net service and good ol’ 56k internet.
Now 12 years after the release of the original, Blizzard, the same studio that is now famous for their popular MMORPG World of Warcraft, is set to release StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Since the release of the original back in ’98, StarCraft‘s fanbase has dwindled here in the U.S. with players moving on to other games.
But the game is just as popular as ever over in South Korea, where players still compete in massive tournaments that are broadcast on primetime television in Korea. With a budget over $100 million, Blizzard is serious about bringing the StarCraft franchise back in full force when it releases worldwide on July 27, 2010.