Only a few months after the tenth anniversary, Blizzard have broken the news to fans that development of their megapopular real-time strategy Starcraft 2 is coming to an end.
There are two ways to look at this - you can either be disappointed with the decision or rejoice at the longevity Blizzard achieved with Starcraft 2, which is pretty darn impressive.
In fact, the 10-year anniversary update was quite hefty, bringing a bunch of changes to the editor, prestige talents for co-op commanders and so on.
Now, Blizzard announced that the patch will basically be the last of Starcraft 2 development-wise, i.e. no more purchasable content down the line.
"We're going to continue supporting StarCraft II in the same manner as we have with our previous longstanding games, such as Brood War, focusing primarily on what our core and competitive communities care about most. What this means is that we’re not going to be producing additional for-purchase content, such as Commanders and War Chests, but we will continue doing season rolls and necessary balance fixes moving forward", the company wrote.
That said, Starcraft 2 is still heading for a Q4 balance update and there will be more of them coming in the future. Blizzard stressed that the end of development doesn't affect esports, which will continue through ESL Gaming and GSL.
If you needed something to look forward to, however, then here it is straight from the horse's mouth.
"The good news is this change will free us up to think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole", Blizzard wrote, describing their playerbase as one of the "most passionate, creative, and dedicated" community around.
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