StarCraft II 'definitely' not coming out this year

When it announced StarCraft II last week, Blizzard made no indication of when the sci-fi real-time strategy game might come out beyond a noncommittal "when it's done" statement. However, Blizzard Game Design VP Rob Pardo has now discussed the game's release schedule in more detail. In an interview with MSNBC, Pardo stated outright, "The only thing I can give you [that's] concrete is it's not going to be this year. Some people were hoping, because of how advanced the game looks, that we'd have it out by Christmas, but that's definitely not happening."

Pordo also makes it clear that Blizzard is in no rush to push the game out the door. Citing Warcraft III as an example, Pordo says Blizzard overhauled the game two years in because "we just felt like we were going in the wrong direction." He adds that Blizzard has smaller teams and gives itself more time to iterate through games than other companies. Some firms, Pordo says, are so focused on release date that "they put 100-person, 200-person teams together to hit that date." Blizzard takes "the opposite approach," according to Pordo. (Thanks to Shacknews for the link.)

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