While retailers were dropping enough hints to walk from Europe to North America and back without getting one’s feet wet last week about a December 3rd Starcraft II release date, Blizzard VP Rob Pardo effectively put the squash on these rumors at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational.
Speaking about the game’s development, he answered that the Blizz crew was “about a third of the way through”, and are concentrating on story structure and cinematics at this point. In other words, all the pretty go betweens we see between battles, etc. Pardo did comment however that by the end of 2008, Blizzard should have something very impressive to show off.
So there we have it. Rumors squashed. I guess it’s time to update that Christmas wish list as it looks like Starcraft II isn’t going to hit the streets until 2009.
Blizzard didn’t let us walk away with an acrid taste in our mouths. They DID provide some tasty screenshots to make that anticipation just a bit sweeter:
And don’t forget what we’re already been privy to: