“Hell, it’s about damn time” – StarCraft II launches worldwide

Tuesday, 27th July 2010 07:29 GMT By Johnny Cullen

starcraft ii launch

Over three years after it was announced at the Worldwide Invitational in Seoul, and 12 years after the release of the original, Blizzard’s finally launched StarCraft II.

Nuclear detonation

The massive jabber-whammy title launched at midnight across the world, with fans going bonkers in Stockholm, Paris, Moscow and more.

There’s a full line-up of shots over at Kotaku.

RPS, meanwhile, has the low-down on last night’s official UK launch at Game in London, and Big Download has shots of the South Korean launch.

The game’s Facebook group also has shots of every worldwide launch.

Collector’s Edition unboxed

Still need convincing to buy it? You’re mad, woman.

Good thing Kotaku‘s got up an unboxing video of what to expect from the Collector’s Edition. You’ll get the game itself, Jim Raynor’s dog tag USB memory stick, soundtrack, comic and art book, soundtrack and guest passes for SCII and World of Warcraft.

Get it through the link.

No reviews coming today

In case you missed the memo, there won’t be any reviews of the game today because of Blizzard wants everyone to have the full lot of features of available at the same time. That includes journos.

You’ll probably get some first impressions today, but nothing with numbers at the end until probably the end of the week at the earliest.

Now you’ve seen the launch’s glitz, all you need to do is just wait for the shops to open to get your copy. Or wait for the post. Whatever.

Next up: Zerg-based expansion Heart of the Swarm. When? “When it’s ready,” knowing Blizzard.



  1. AHA-Lambda

    about damn time :P

    now if only i was any good at rts so i could buy it =(

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Based on what I saw in Irvine last year, everyone in the “core” should buy this. It’s one of the slickest games I’ve ever seen.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    see comments like that make me feel worse :P

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Buy it, dude :D

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Well, I hope everyone has fun with it! I won’t be joining you, though. RTS makes me… irritable.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Patched, now installing :D YES! :D

    #6 4 years ago
  7. themadjock

    Ahh, I have my M11xR2 at work and have bought it, it ready to go but if I play it at work I will be fecked. Also £45 for the digital download is a bit steep. Oh well not DVD needed so that is invaluable.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Mauller

    My collectors edition order was cancelled due to be over sold :(

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    Not into RTS at all, the only strategy game i could stand were the Commandos games. But i hope people who are into RTS will enjoy this one, of course :)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    I want this.

    But I want to play through the Originals again 1st.

    Why wasn’t I better prepared damnit?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    They made the Campaign complete different from MP with choices you make ingame, to add replayability, you also can buy things for your troops. Blizz didn’t disappoint thats for damn sure.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DeSpiritusBellum

    Mazel tov!

    I managed to screw myself over on the price though. Digital version is 59 euro, and it was 49 in the shop I cancelled my order from.

    Still though, Starcraft!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    What makes this game so special over any other RTS? Not trying to be negative here, just curious.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. freedoms_stain

    @13, for me it’s the story and personality of the game. It was phenominally well voiced back in the day, even the individual unit classes had great unique dialogue.

    I used to love clicking on the same unit over and over listening to his different phrases until he got pissed off and effectively told me to get lost.

    Plus the original StarCraft felt more like 3 different RTS games in one, each race is sufficiently different that you really need to learn different strategies for each to compensate for various strengths and weaknesses.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    Playing singleplayer campaign. 7th mission already.
    It’s fucking awesome. But i wished it was more dynamic.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. getbradshaw

    omg the pirates cracked this already… what was the DRM suppose to btw?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. theevilaires

    Waiting for my Uber High tech Gaming PC to be completed. Final pieces should arrive via Fed EX any day now and I’ll get this game to see what the hell all the fuss is about.

    Do I have to play the first one before this or is it safe to go in and the have a back story via flash back cut scenes?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. themadjock

    @17 Don’t bother playing starcraft first, it’s only good for memories of back in the day, there are plenty of catch-ups even when you install the game. Enjoy it might give your PS3 at rest, I know mine will be.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @17 you don’t need, because some pieces from the first SC will be in the second game.

    PS: What PC did you bought? What config?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. themadjock

    @19 – It’s quite refreshing to be in a discussion which doesn’t descend into consle vs PC trolling. Glad you are a SC2 fan, enjoy it….

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Freek

    During the instalation you get the complete story of SC1, fully narated, with pictures and music.
    It’s quite lovely.
    And yes the game is awesome! :D

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Moonwalker1982

    I just hope all the people who are enjoying this one, have actually bought it and not downloaded it. Through the years i’ve really become a hater of the whole downloading thing.

    For so many reasons, of course the reason of supporting the developers who put their heart and soul into it, but also for yourself. It simply gives such a nice feeling to go out to the store and buy it, to have the whole package and all its contents, instead of simply clicking ‘download now’ .

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Gekidami

    Why? Is there a working pirate version already up?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight


    I downloaded and I don’t regret that decision especially how blizzard has the set up and you can download the game client no matter how many times you format or buy a new comp. No need for looking for that damn disk when you have moved x amount of times.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    I assume he means download it illegally and not give any money to the devs, not buy it digitally?

    #25 4 years ago
  26. DeSpiritusBellum

    @22 What is it exactly that you’re getting at that store that’s so important, aside from the whole ritual?

    I’d say Starcraft and Blizzard are the exception, because they make some insanely pretty and elaborate boxes, but aside from that, most of the games I’ve bought in stores over the last decade have earned me nothing but a DVD case, and a mini manual that you don’t need for more than the serial number printed on the back.

    That’s why I consider Steam a blessing.

    Back in the old days the developers would actually leave you with trinkets and stuff, or at least a poster. One of the Lemmings games had a graphic novel with the box you bought – That I can get behind, but personally I really don’t need a DVD case and a little pamphlet just lying around.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight

    Oh Don’t think there is pirated version with the whole integration of IF there is you won’t be able to enjoy the game to the fullest.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. theevilaires

    Thanks Madjock and Erthazus

    @ Erthazus,

    I’m building my own PC from scratch. Got the case and power supply combo from TD

    Then the CPU and Mother Board from New egg

    The rest of the stuff should be here by the weekend and then I’m gonna fire this baby up and whats all the damn PC gaming smack talk about. As long as I can use my Dual Shock 3 or 360 controller while playing the games I’m ok.

    #28 4 years ago

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