It has been an eventful decade since the launch of the original StarCraft 2, and Blizzard has officially announced the end of development. The real-time strategy genre has certainly seen better days, but this particular game kept it going strong for quite some time. The esports aspect of it all also saw plenty of buzz and excitement from the community. However, after years of updates and content, the time to bring the curtains down is near.
While there will no longer be new content in development such as war chests of commanders for players to purchase, StarCraft 2 will still see future balancing fixes and season rolls. Just don’t expect anything to spend more money on.
“We’re going to continue supporting StarCraft 2 in the same manner as we have with our previous longstanding games, such as Brood War, focusing primarily on what our core and competitive communities care about most,” Executive Producer Rob Bridenbecker shared.
Into the unknown
The last development in StarCraft 2 saw a balance patch arrive several months ago. The remainder of 2020 will not see any more scheduled patches though. Blizzard maintains that development of such patches will only be carried out if there is a need for it.
Seeing the end of StarCraft 2 development may be bittersweet for fans of the game, but fret not. This theoretically frees up the development teams to focus on the future of the StarCraft universe instead. Considering the game is a key pillar of Blizzard’s offerings, the end is not exactly near. A sequel is likely in the cards, or perhaps we will see a more substantial extension of the game. That said, it could be years before we see anything new. The StarCraft universe is vast and full of potential, and there is still plenty to come as long as there is no peace in space.