StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is finally coming (it’s launching on November 10th), and fans to the game can finally play what seems to be the definitive experience of StarCraft II. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Blizzard is giving an epic campaign for the single player content and an exciting new mode for multiplayer.
While there are plenty of reasons why you should be looking into Legacy of the Void if you’re an RTS fans, we’ve decided to put a focus on two big reasons as to why StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will be awesome.
A Decade Long Story
It’s an amazing that Legacy of the Void‘s single-player campaign will bring a closure to a story that span over a decade. Beginning from 1998, fans of the series have follow-through the epic campaign, spanning across multiple expansions, divided into three major story arcs. The last major story campaign was over five years with Heart of the Swarm, with a major focus on Kerrigan and the Zerg race.
Now, with Legacy of the Void, the spotlight will shift to the Protoss, exploring not only the story of their conquest but also allowing players to experience the different ways the Protoss fight, as they use their super-tech and stronger physique in the battlefield. Of course, the people at Blizzard don’t want you to just coast through the campaign. They want to provide you a challenge by introducing new elements and mechanics to make the expansion a worthwhile experience.
In an interview with Euro Gamer, lead producer Tim Morter stated, “With each expansion, the team has learned more and more, and for Legacy of the Void, that means a lot of unique missions mechanics. We’ve designed one encounter to work like a tug of war, where you’ll fall back. There’s a mission in which you build your base on a space platform that’s actually moveable, and then move that around the map to acquire resources. Really, on a mission by mission basis, there’s a lot more going on here.”
While it remains to be seen how Legacy of the Void will build upon previous campaigns, if you’ve put your time into StarCraft‘s story, Blizzard is making sure that payoff will be worth the climatic end for this decade-long story.
Archon Mode Is Here
Single-player gamers will get their fix with the campaign and story mission, but what will carry StarCraft II well past its launch is multiplayer. The traditional 1v1 battle will be available to those that wish to solo through the multiplayer, or, they can choose to partner with friends and delve into some epic battles with up to 4v4 players. There’s also some co-op missions included to those that prefer a PvE type of experience.
Fans can also forward to a new feature called the Archon Mode, which introduces a new concept of multiplayer for StarCraft II. It’s a new co-op experience whereby two players will be controlling one faction against an opponent with a similar setting. If it’s a bit confusing, here’s what Blizzard has to say about Archon Mode:
“Archon Mode is a gameplay mode available in the Legacy of the Void which allows you to play the 1v1 game of StarCraft II with a friend controlling the same base and army as you. Our main goal of introducing this mode to the game was to allow solo players of all skill levels to enjoy the game at a much higher skill level than they normally could in the standard 1v1 player vs. player mode.
It’s worth noting that StarCraft II’s 1v1 player vs. player experience is by far the most competitive mode in the game. Because it’s so difficult to master, it takes lots of time, dedication, and effort to play at a high level. We wanted more players to experience the joy of mastery that comes with being a highly skilled player in StarCraft II, and we created Archon Mode to support that goal.”
It’s definitely an interesting mode to play. Despite being a quasi-multiplayer, the battles are still as intense as being in a 1v1 match. Whether or not the mode will pick up amongst the legion of StarCraft II‘s fans remains to be seen, at least, until the game ships out on November 10th.
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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will launch on November 10th on PC.
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