If one thing is clear, is that when it comes to video game cinematics, few developers can rival Blizzard. And the American video game company recently released a trailer for their upcoming game “Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void”, the final chapter of the Starcraft II trilogy. The trailer, which you can watch below, features a stunning battle between the insect-like alien race known as the Zerg, and the technologically advanced Protoss, who are out to reclaim their homeworld of Aiur.
This final chapter comes after the previous two chapters, “Wings of Liberty”, which focused on the human factions of the Starcraft universe and “Heart of the Swarm”, which focused on the Zerg aliens. That episode’s protagonist was Kerrigan, one of the key characters in the Starcraft universe, who will also feature in Legacy of the Void and is certainly one of the greatest video game villains of all time. Legacy of the Void will focus on the Protoss and apart from Kerrigan, other well-known characters such as the Protoss Templar Artanis will make an appearance in the game.
Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void will be released on November 10, 2015, and this might strike some as an odd choice for a release date. After all, both the highly anticipated Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider (which is an Xbox One timed exclusive) also debut on November 10. Legacy of the Void is up against some heavyweight competition then, so either Blizzard is supremely confident in Starcraft’s appeal, or perhaps the PC-centric nature of the series means that they are not worried about competing with games like Fallout 4, that have mainly a console-based audience.
The original Starcraft (which was released in 1998) was once the most popular competitive multiplayer game in the world, after all, and something of a national pastime in South Korea, where professional matches were even broadcast on TV. Nowadays though, it takes a back seat to other games like League of Legends and the multiplayer modes of blockbusters like Call of Duty. And it is clear that the golden age of real-time strategy games like Starcraft is long gone.
But still, this Legacy of the Void trailer certainly serves to remind us that not only Blizzard is exceptionally good at cinematics (seeing those two Protoss Templars merge to fight that mammoth Zerg is a sight to behold), but that it also once was the king of real-time strategy games, and hopefully this final chapter in the Starcraft saga will be as entertaining as previous entries in this long-running PC series.
Note: Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void will be released on November 10, 2015, on PC.
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