Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void will be released on November 10th, 2015, Blizzard has announced.
As well as the release date, Blizzard also showed off the opening cinematic for the game during a special livestream event over on the official Starcraft Twitch Channel. You can check out the opening cinematic below. As you might expect from Blizzard, it’s rather impressive.
Hosted by William “Chobra” Cho, the livestream included a preview of the upcoming expansion from Starcraft 2’s senior developers, Executive Producer Chris Sigaty and Lead Designer Jason Huck, as well as the conclusion to the Starcraft 2 WCS Season 3 Finals live from Poland.
Legacy of the Void was first announced at the Blizzcon 2014 opening ceremony, seven years after its initial announcement. While Wings of Liberty focussed on the Terran faction, and Heart of the Swarm concerned itself with the Zerg, Legacy of the Void is all about the Protoss, featuring a new single-player campaign designed to tie up all the loose ends from the series so far. Legacy of the Void won’t be an expansion, but a standalone title that will conclude the Starcraft saga, which began all the way back with the original game that was released in 1998.
In addition to the single-player campaign, Blizzard has made extensive changes to the game’s multiplayer mode. Some of these new additions include new units for each race, a new multiplayer mode called Archon mode in which two players share control over a single base and units and face off against another duo, and new Co-op missions see two players taking on the roles of powerful allied commanders from the Starcraft franchise to complete various challenging scenarios.
As mentioned above, there will be new units for each of the three races. First, The Zerg will see the return of the Lurker – originally introduced in Starcraft: Brood War – which can attack infantry units with deadly spines that burst from the ground. The Protoss get a new weapon call the Disruptor, which uses massive energy spikes to wreak havoc on enemy ground forces. And finally, the Terrans get the Liberator, a heavily armed gunship that fires missiles and has the ability to transform into a stationary air platform – much like its ground-based counterpart the Siege Tank.
“Legacy of the Void provides an epic conclusion to a story more than 17 years in the making,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment in a press release. “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.”
Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void is due for release on PC and Mac November 10th, 2015, and is available for pre-order now on Battle.net for £29.99/$39.99 USD. There’s also a Digital Deluxe Edition available for £44.99/$59.99 USD that includes a variety of in-game bonuses for other Blizzard titles including World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. A retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition of the game is also available which includes what’s in the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as a hardcover of the Starcraft Field Manual, a special features DVD, and a CD soundtrack. The retail-exclusive edition will be available at select retailers for £59.99/$79.99 USD.