Blizzard has announced it will no longer be making new content for StarCraft II. In an announcement on the game’s website, executive producer Rob Bridenbecker informed fans that the game is still being supported, but efforts like new Commanders would be stopping.
“We’re going to continue supporting StarCraft II 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. What this means is that we’re not going to be producing additional for-purchase content, such as Commanders and War Chests, but we will continue doing season rolls and necessary balance fixes moving forward,” Bridenbecker wrote.
“On that last note, we’re not planning a Q4 balance update given that we did one a few months ago, but as always, we do plan to continue doing them as needed in the future. StarCraft II esports, which is part of the highest echelon of professional competitive gaming, will also continue going strong as it has been through our partners ESL Gaming and GSL.”
Blizzard has been supporting StarCraft games in this manner since the original game came out, releasing technical patches and balance fixes well after sales have slowed down.
Food For Thought
Bridenbecker alludes to the possibility that the team may be freed up for new entries in the StarCraft series, but does not explicitly say that a new game is coming. Nor does he indicate that any sort of spin-off (such as another attempt at Ghost or an MMO project) is waiting in the wings. At this point, StarCraft II is “done” as a game, and it only took them ten years to finish it. As for what the future of the series may hold, it’s anybody’s guess. But given some of the moves Blizzard has taken with WarCraft III Reforged, it may not be quite as good as the fans hope.