StarCraft and Warcraft with high chances of a surprising comeback, Phil Spencer is excited
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the brand Age of EmpiresWired magazine has carried out interview with Phil Spencer. During the conversation about the RTS genre, a question was asked about possible plans that would be implemented after the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft. Naturally, he appeared in the inquiry StarCraftone of Blizzard’s most important series and games in general.
The first thing I would say is that I have nothing to say about the future of Blizzard, Activision and King Studios. So these are mere considerations about potential opportunities. But you’re right. When you think about the heritage of the RTS genre, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t just that StarCraftbut also Warcraft. (…) StarCraft was a breath of fresh air in gaming, right? From the perspective of e-sports, the presence of RTS on consoles or the new quality of narration in the genre. – we read in response.
Further Phil Spencer states that the thought of returning these series excites him very muchthough he can’t say much.
I am glad to think that together with Activision, Blizzard and King, we will be able to think together about the possibilities offered by such an extensive portfolio. Nevertheless, I will avoid the question by saying that this is not something I can work on at the moment. But the thought of what could be ahead of these brands excites me very much. Especially as someone who has spent many hours playing these games.
Recall that StarCraft appeared in 1998 on the PC. Blizzard’s highly regarded formula WarCraft II dressed in a sci-fi skin and thus created one of the most important games in history. The game quickly became a bestseller and was widely appreciated. Even if it didn’t turn the genre upside down, it definitely defined it. In 2000, a version for Nintendo 64 appeared. The series returned years later in its form StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. It was in 2010. Over the next 5 years, two standalone add-ons appeared (Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void). In 2017, it appeared remaster “Ones” released on PC.
As for the Microsoft takeover of Activision Blizzard, an investigation is currently underway by the UK Competition and Market Authority, which is still in doubt. On the official side authority, anyone can share their concerns about the finalization of this transaction.
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