The third installment of the Starcraft II series is nearly upon us. Blizzard has announced the release date for Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, and has already opened pre-purchases for the game. The countdown begins until launch day, but impatient fans of the game should note that there are prologue missions ready to be played from today.
In this final installment of the Starcraft II trilogy, players will join the struggle of the Protoss as the multiple factions attempt to unite to reclaim their homeworld. Aside from the new single player campaign, there will be some unusual multiplayer options turning up. Archon mode allows two players to control a single base, which Blizzard says will help veteran players teach newbies what to do. It could also potentially make for one of the strangest two-headed giant eSports formats out there.
Objective based co-op missions will also be making an appearance to shake up multiplayer games, as well as cater to people who want to team up with friends instead of crush them. New multiplayer units will also be made available for all three races; along with the return of the Zerg Lurker from Starcraft: Brood War.
Legacy of the Void will retail for US$39.99 (about RM171), and is available on pre-purchase for the same price. Pre-purchasing the game will also grant access to the closed beta going on now, as well as the option to play the three prologue missions in the beta client. Buyers will also automatically receive the new upcoming hero – Artanis of the Protoss – for Heroes of the Storm.
There is also a Digital Deluxe version of the game that will be retailing for US$59.99 (about RM257), and will include plenty of items for all other Blizzard games. Among them is an Archon battle pet for World of Warcraft, a Void Speeder mount for Heroes of the Storm, and a Protoss-themed card back for Hearthstone. Oddly enough, there does not appear to be any mention of bonuses for Starcraft II itself.
Finally, Legacy of the Void will also have a retailer exclusive Collector’s Edition for US$79.99 (about RM343). This boxed set will pack the digital bonus items from the Digital Deluxe Edition, as well as a special edition of the full-color hardcover StarCraft Field Manual; a DVD loaded with cinematics and special features; and a CD soundtrack.