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Patch 3.13.0 Preview: Scythe of Amon

In their newest preview for 3.13.0, Blizzard reveals their newest mission for Starcraft 2 coop mode, which is based on the Legacy of the Void mission “The Host“.


In our newest Co-op Mission, Lyrak, one of Matriach Vorazun’s scouts, reports the discovery of a new threat from Amon. Lyrak discovers that Amon has created a new type of Hybrid and is beginning to awaken it by funneling energy from a Xel’Naga temple. Your mission is to prevent Amon’s most powerful weapon from being unleashed on the universe.

Scattered throughout the map are Void Slivers that are channeling energy to spawn the Voidshade Hybrid. They are protected by Void Rifts that will spawn enemies from every race. If players do not destroy a Sliver within the time given, the Hybrid will be summoned and you will instantly fail the mission. You’ll need to constantly monitor the remaining time and decide when is the best moment to send your army on the offensive.

Because of the threat that this new enemy brings, your secondary mission is to help evacuate the citizens in the surrounding city and save them from Amon’s attacks. To do so, you have  to clear a patch for the shuttle and ensure that it arrives at its destination safely.

Scythe of Amon arrives with Patch 3.13.0. Which commanders do you think will do exceptionally well on this map? Let us know in the comments. We’ll see you on the battlefield!

 

Starcraft: Remastered

The classic is back! Blizzard announced Starcraft: Remastered, a 4K Ultra High Definition remake of the original game.

This is a return of the gameplay of the beloved game from 1998 but with a fresh coat of paint using updated graphics and audio, as well as added matchmaking, ladder, social features and more.

FEATURES

  • Widescreen 4K Ultra HD Resolution
  • Classic StarCraft Gameplay Remains Untouched
  • New Illustrations Enhance Original Story
  • More than 50 Single-Player Missions
  • Plugged in to Blizzard’s Gaming Network
  • Cloud Saves for Campaign, Custom Maps, Replays, and Keybinds
  • Localized in 13 Languages

GORGEOUS ULTRA HD VISUALS
  • 4K Ultra HD Graphics and Upgraded Audio: StarCraft: Remastered will include high-resolution unit models, buildings, doodads, and tilesets, as well as high-fidelity music and sound effects to bring the original game into the modern era, while retaining the classic StarCraft style.

  • Same Timeless Gameplay: The gameplay balance and idiosyncrasies have been painstakingly preserved from the original game. Mutalisk stacking, magic-boxing, unit pathfinding, control-group limitations, and more will all remain intact, allowing veteran players to enjoy playing and watching high-level competitive matches as before.

UNSURPASSED REAL-TIME STRATEGY GAMEPLAY
  • Includes Original and Expansion Campaigns: Return to the planetary battlefields of the war-torn Koprulu Sector and command the forces of the terran, zerg, and protoss across more than 50 story-driven single-player missions.

  • Fall in Love Again: Relive the epic saga of some of gaming’s most memorable and beloved heroes and villains, including Marshal Jim Raynor, Lieutenant Sarah Kerrigan, and Praetor Fenix.

  • Enhanced Storytelling: Original cinematics will be improved to 1080p resolution, while mission interludes and introductions will feature new comic-book style illustrations.

ROBUST FEATURES BRING THE TIMELESS CLASSIC TO THE MODERN ERA
  • Blizzard’s Gaming Network Brings a Bevy of Features: In addition to accurate matchmaking and enhanced ladder functionality, players will also be able to stay in touch with and chat with friends playing other Blizzard games. The classic functionality of named custom games and custom game lobbies will be retained, for the familiarity of long-time StarCraft players.

  • Localized in 13 Languages: English, German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish (LatAm), Spanish (European), Polish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese

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Starcraft II Coop: The Vermillion Problem

The UNN news anchor Donny Vermillion returns, and with him comes a new map for Starcraft Coop.

Based on the Wings of Liberty mission “The Devil’s Playground”, this mission sends you on the planet Viridium Prime to harvest so called “xenon crystals” before the planet explodes.

Lava Rising on Viridium Prime

Just like on Redstone III, lava will rise on a regular basis, forcing you to bring your ground forces to safety before the lava incinerates your units, and in turn disrubting your harvest of xenon crystals.

Lava Monser terrorizes terran citizens

Like with other coop missions, there is a bonus objective: In “The Vermillion Problem” you have to defeat a lava monster, which only appears when the lava level is high.

The Vermillion Problem | Viridium Prime


Visit the original article here to read in detail what Adam Levy, gamedesigner at Blizzard, can tell about the creation of this new coop map.

Legacy of the Void Patch 3.3: New Co-op Content and Features

Blizzard revealed today the coming features of the next Patch for Starcraft Legacy of the Void.

3.3 will introduce two things: Mutators and Mastery Levels.

Spice up your games with the weekly mutator challenges, including but not limited to sleeping workers, invisible armies, tornados, fast enemies and infested zombies assaulting your base.

To make these challanges worth playing, playing commanders beyond level 15 will contribute to the mastery levels, which will give you points to spend to strengthen your units and abilities across commanders.

Finally, there is one small unmentioned reveal: the next commander to join the battle is Abathur, the evolution master mind behind the swarm.

StarCraft II: The Future of StarCraft — Panel Recap

Despite the coming release of Legacy of the Void, the development team will continue to produce content for Starcraft 2

Micro-Content

  • Unit skins
    • Unit skins will be expanded
    • It will allow to choose the appearance of individual units in multiplayer
    • The Collector’s Edition skins can be taken as an example for this
  • Voice Packs
    • This will allow you to change the announcer’s voice in multiplayer
    • Example: As a zerg player you can have Abathur instead of the regular Zerg Queen Voice

Starcraft 2 Arcade

  • More features for the editor will be added in the future
  • To promote the modding community, they plan to do more contests in the future
  • The are working on making the first paid content aviable on the arcade made by modders
  • These paid mods will be strongly curated and added on a case by case scenario

Mission Packs

  • Nova Covert Ops
    • 9 mission story arc over 3 mission packs
    • First mission pack to come out Spring 2016
    • This story focuses on Nova, and similar to Kerrigan, she will be playable in the missions
    • Nova’s forces have a Black Ops look and will have access to special tech
    • For example, her marines might have a Stimpack that will heal instead of hurting the marines
    • Nova will have access to various loadouts like different weapons, goggles, etc.
    • This mission pack is set after LotV
    • The terran dominion at this point consists of a war-torn people
    • The terrans are ready for peace, but there is a conflict of interests with different parts of the population
    • Emperor Valerian is a more fair ruler than his father, and gives his people more freedoms, like the freedom of press
    • His enemies use these freedoms to attack and question his weaknesses
    • Valerian fears that his enemies form alliances
    • One faction resulting from that are the “Defenders of Man”
      • Interested in protecting people from alien threats
      • Because of the events of Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void, they are gaining ground
      • Nova will investigate what the Defenders of Man are really planning

Multiplayer

  • Ladder Revamp
    • Meaningful Ranks
    • Accuracy
    • Transparency
  • Tournaments
    • Archon Tournaments
    • 2V2  Tournaments
  • Separate MMR
    • Per Race
    • Ranked/Unranked
  • Blizzard will continue to make big changes as necessary to react quicker to imbalances
    • They’d go as far as adding or removing units from the roster
    • Intention to also change the meta by this from time to time to keep things fresh

Coop Missions

  • Coop missions will be continued supported
  • More missions will be added over time
    • One mission that they are working on right now involves a capturing points mechanic
  • More commanders will be added
    • One example, the next Protoss Commander to be added will be Phase-Smith Karax
    • Karax focuses on Spear of Adun Call Down abilities and so he is able to use them more frequently
    • Solar Lance
      • allows to paint a line to deal damage
    • Map-Wide Chrono Boost
      • affects whole map, as well as allies
    • Purifier Beam
      • shots a controlable beam at the ground, dealing a big amount of damage