It’s been two and a half years since StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm was released and just over five years since the first installment of the game, Wings of Liberty, was released. StarCraft fans are among the best there are at squeezing long lifetimes out of games — the original game is still being played — but still, fans have been eagerly awaiting the third installment of the game.
Now it’s almost finally here. Blizzard announced yesterday that StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will finally be released on November 10, and is available for pre-order now. Those who pre-order the game will get immediate access to the Whispers of Oblivion prologue missions.
“Legacy of the Void provides an epic conclusion to a story more than 17 years in the making,” Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said in a statement. “It also brings tremendous enhancements to StarCraft II’s definitive real-time strategy gameplay, with new units, automated tournaments, collaborative game modes, and more. We can’t wait for players to experience it all this November.”
Multiple versions of Legacy of the Void will be available, as is often the case these days. The base digital version sells for $40 and unlocks a Hero, Artanis, in Blizzard’s team brawler Heroes of the Storm. The Digital Deluxe version of the game sells for $60 and also unlocks an Archon pet in World of Warcraft and a Void Speeder mount in Heroes of the Storm.
A retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition of Legacy of the Void will also be available. Selling for $80, the game includes everything available in the other two versions as well as a special edition of the StarCraft Field Manual, a DVD featuring cinematics and special features, and a CD soundtrack
While the campaign in Wings of Liberty focused on the Terrans and Heart of the Swarm focused on the Zerg, Legacy of the Void’s campaign is centered around the Protoss and their battleship, the Spear of Adun. Additionally, “players will also bear witness to the ultimate fates of Terran hero Jim Raynor, the former marshal turned rebel leader, and Kerrigan, the Zerg Queen of Blades,” Blizzard writes.
This might wrap up StarCraft II, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Blizzard is done with the RTS. At GamesCom last month, Legacy of the Void producer Tim Morten hinted at future plans, saying “there’s no question, though, that we’ll consider Warcraft, StarCraft, or even new ideas.”