Earlier today at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational at Seoul, StarCraft 2 was officially announced to the citizens of the Republic of Korea, after many years of waiting. It was quite a good week for the Korean Peninsula with the North and South restoring railroad links earlier in the week and with the announcement of StarCraft 2 today. This was a godsend to many South Koreans who lamented at the loss of StarCraft: Ghost, which was announced in 2002.
Now, the StarCraft that Koreans had played with, Zerg Rushed, and even built their fame with is no more. There will be new units, new buildings, and even rebalanced units. The funny part is now the in-game dialogue is spoken in Korean for the game’s core userbase. Here’s what we know so far:
* Reaper: A unit much like the Marines, but carrying dual machine pistols. It has a jump jet allowing it to hop down or up a tier, making it effective for exploiting weak spots in an elevated base.
* Colossus: A large quad-legged vehicle that fires strong dual lasers. This unit can also traverse differences in terrain height. In the Artwork/Gameplay trailer on Blizzard’s site, it appears to “steal” what looks like energy from the unit it is attacking.
* Immortal: A unit that replaces the Dragoon. It has strong defense against powerful attacks, but it is vulnerable to weaker attacks that do not activate their shields.
* Mothership: A powerful hovering unit that consumes an extreme amount of resources to produce. It is able to attack multiple units at time, and has three unique abilities, which are the Time Bomb, Planet Cracker, and Black Hole. The Time Bomb ability slows all enemy missile attacks. The Planet Cracker ability is a large laser that fires from the bottom of the Mothership, obliterating anything in its field. The Black Hole ability creates a void that absorbs and destroys enemy aircrafts. Only one Mothership can be active at a time.
* Phase Prism: A dual-purpose unit that is able to transport units or act as a mobile pylon.
* Phoenix: An aircraft that can overcharge guns for multiple projectile blasts. However, after the initial blast the ship is rendered inert for a short period of time, unable to move or attack.
* Stalker: A Dragoon-inspired unit built by the Dark Templars. It is capable of ranged attacks and teleporting quickly over short distances to avoid terrain and chase retreating enemies.
* Warp Ray: An aircraft that attacks with a blue laser, dealing more damage as it focuses on the same target. It is powerful against tough units and buildings, but wastes damage on small units and can be quickly overcome.
* Nydus Worm: A transport unit that transports small units such as zerglings from underground.
* Baneling: A mutated Zergling filled with explosive and acidic chemicals that can roll across terrain and explode on impact.
* Zealot: An automatic charge ability that allows a Zealot to quickly close the distance between itself and an enemy unit.
* Zergling: An upgrade that mutates the Zergling into the suicidal Baneling.
New racial abilities
* Warp prefabricated units within Pylons’ range and deployed Phase Prisms via an upgrade to the Gateway–the Warp Gate.
The official website for StarCraft 2 is http://www.starcraft2.com. Now the downside is there will be more accidents in PC Cafes as players spend hours upon hours in marathon gaming sessions relearning how to play StarCraft 2 just like the original.
Now I wonder if my computer can actually handle the new StarCraft…