Filed under the you-knew-this-was-coming department: Activision Blizzard has officially pushed the first StarCraft II release into 2010. The word comes straight from big man on Activision campus Bobby Kotick via a Yahoo Finance report.
CEO Bobby Kotick called Activision's fall game release slate the strongest yet, "based on some of the industry's most successful franchises." Upcoming games include "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" and "Guitar Hero 5" as well as other music games such as "Band Hero" and "DJ Hero."
But the company delayed two games -- "Singularity," a sci-fi first-person action game, and "StarCraft II," into 2010.
I'm just going to assume you aren't surprised about this; considering it's five days into August and there's still no sign of the StarCraft II beta, I'd already resigned myself to not seeing the game in this calendar year. Blizzard's betas are legendary for being long and involved.
The company just issued this statement, chalking the delay up primarily to ongoing work on the new version of Battle.net.
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.
We'll be bringing you more on StarCraft II from BlizzCon later this month, but for now, here's what was going on the last time we got a look at the game.