A Yahoo business report on Activision reports that StarCraft II will be delayed to early 2010. With BioShock 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Red Steel 2, and Dark Void getting pushed back from winter 2009 to early 2010, StarCraft II is yet another hotly anticipated big title that won’t be seeing the light of day until next year.
Blizzard claims that the development of an upgraded Battle.net is the reason for the delay. “Today we announced that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will not be ready for release by the end of 2009. Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will take longer than expected to prepare the new Battle.net for the launch of the game. The upgraded Battle.net is an integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward. This extra development time will be critical to help us realize our vision for the service.”
It’s disappointing to see more titles pushed back into an increasingly crowded 2010, but did anyone really expect StarCraft II to come out in 2009? This is Blizzard we’re talking about, after all.