Good news and bad news for fans of Starcraft II!
Next month, Blizzard plans to reveal many details on their upcoming expansion: “Heart Of The Swarm”. The second part, of the planned trilogy of games, gives players information about the future of Sarah Kerrigan and the Zerg Species. The expansion has been stated to include additional units and multiplayer changes from Wings of Liberty, as well as a continuing campaign focusing on the Zerg species.Good for players of Starcraft II, as they’ve waited long enough for something Starcraft related. So far, the new game will be priced as an expansion pack and based on hints from Blizzard likely to be released around April 2012. That’s the good news.
The bad news seems to be the fact that Blizzard is sticking to it’s promise of not integrating popular features asked by many gamers. And the feature that’s requested by many is: LAN support. As a person who clearly saw the destructive damage “Battle.Net 2.0″ inflicted towards pro-gamers at this years 2011 MLG in Texas, I say “Blizzard, let the gamers have their LAN!”. This is their chance to fix things, as when they release Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm it should include a LAN option. They could still keep Battle.Net 2.0 for matchmaking over the internet, and please both online and local players! This is probably the most important thing us SC fanatics are asking for!
Otherwise, we get situations like these:
“Lack of LAN play caused problems in 2010 Major League Gaming tournament in Dallas, Texas, which experienced severe delays and problems with Battle.net 2.0. Another major Battle.net 2.0 failure occurred during Blizzard’s own GSL World Championship Team League tournament in March 2011 when one player was dropped from the game resulting in a do-over. And in April 2011 the Major League Gaming tournament in Dallas experienced “chronic lag issues” (that) have plagued Battle.net all day, making many games difficult to play and nearly unbearable to watch.”