BlizzCon 2017 StarCraft II: What’s Next Panel Transcript
STARCRAFT II: SHADOW WARS COMICS
Day9: Well. I want to move on to the Shadow Wars comics that are part of the war chest. Valerie, talk to me a little bit about what’s been going on with the Shadow Wars comics.
Valerie: Yes. So the Shadow Wars comic series debuted with our first war chest. If you have played Nova: Covert Ops, and read the novel “Starcraft: Evolution,” then Shadow Wars takes place after those events. So it’s continuing this story forward in the Starcraft universe.
Little recap for you. We started off by breaking the tentative peace that we had in place at the end of Evolution. All three races were basically getting along, and so much as they can. But here in the comics, we’ve seen this group of Terran arrive on the planet Adena, to recover some materials.
The Protoss are upset, because they feel like the Terrans have violated the demilitarized zone; but actually both of them are just pawns in the larger game that Niadra has been planning all of this time; and it’s very interesting, because we haven’t seen Niadra since the events of Heart of the Swarm, where Kerrigan tasks her to eliminate the Protoss.
Day9: Talk about some of the characters that are going to show up.
Valerie: Absolutely. So among the protoss, as their leader, we have Urun. He is a very traditionalist protective leader of his people, and his forces are very important to him. He sees the other species: the Terran and the Zerg, as lesser races still. So he’s not a great uniter like Artanis, although he does respect Artanis’s vision.
Urun, when we last saw him — he kinda forged a tentative compromise with Elms (a Terran mercenary who has some psionic abilities). Although, she seems unfamiliar or uncomfortable with using them. So we’re going to find out more about her, and her history as well in the next few issues; and lastly of course, we have Niadra — who has proven herself to be quite a strategist so far manipulating her enemies into being at precisely where she wants them.
Day9: And I understand that there have been some changes in terms of the formats to look forward to as well.
Valerie: Yes. So we heard your feedback. Thanks to everyone who gave it. Our next story issues that accompanied the next war chest will have more pages. So we’re going up to 8 pages per issue. And we’ll also be featuring the work of yet another amazing artist we have: Miguel Sepulveda, drawing the art for our next three issues; and I just wanted to let you know that even though we’ve been focused on the events on Adena here, they will have far reaching consequences for the entire sector. So you can expect to see a few familiar faces as well in the pages ahead.
Day9: And we have got a little sneak preview here, I want you to walk us through this little teaser.
Valerie: Yes. So this is a work in progress. It’s not final, but since everyone came to BlizzCon today, and those watching online, I wanted to give you a peak at the next cover for issue #4. So you will see Elms along with Urun.
|BlizzCon 2017 StarCraft II: What's Next Panel Transcript|
|1. Free-to-Play||2. Co-op||3. Design Patch|
|4. Shadow Wars Comics||5. War Chests||6. Community Q&A|