Blizzard would never simply port StarCraft to console. If it decided to move to under-TV machines with the franchise, the game would end up looking more like Tom Clancy’s EndWar than its PC counterpart, Ubi Shanghai director Michael de Plater’s told VG247.
“Something like the StarCraft universe would be fantastic for the style of game we’re doing,” said the exec.
“But I think Blizzard have a very good understand that StarCraft is a PC game. I don’t think there’s any way that they will port StarCraft onto console for the sake of doing it and making a few bucks.
I’m sure if they wanted to do a console game – the same with Activision – they’d do it properly, and it that case it’d look a lot more like our game. You could certainly do this with space marines and stuff. I think console’s much more suited to tactical, strategic action sort of games, rather than resource management.”
De Plater added that he doesn’t see games like StarCraft II and Red Alert 3 as threatening to EndWar.
“They’re certainly not direct competitors, he said. “They are so different.”
The only time StarCraft’s ever looked as though it was going to console – apart from a tepidly-received N64 version in 2000 (thanks, SplatteredHouse) – was with the doomed StarCraft Ghost in the last generation. It never happened.
StarCraft II’s out next year. Tom Clancy’s EndWar’s releasing for 360 and PS3 on November 7.