GamesCom 2017 – New StarCraft II Co-op Commander Dehaka

Blizzard Entertainment announced the next StarCraft II Co-op Commander Dehaka. Dehaka is a highly customizable commander who can gain size, strength and new abilities you can mutate into over the course of the game by collecting essence.

His abilities are: Leap, Intimidating Roar, Devour, and Scourching Breath.

Leap allows him to land on enemies causing area of effect damage.

Intimidating Roar slows enemy attack and movement speed.

Devour will cause Dehaka to swallow a single target in one gulp, absorbing temporarily the ability of the enemy digested.

Scourching Breath deals area of effect damage in a straight line, and stores 3 charges.

Among the passive abilities he may gain throughout the game, he may have a heal aura, and detection of stealthed units.

Dehaka can also evolve zerg units into more powerful versions of themselves.

Primal Pack Leaders: Glevig, Murvar, and Dakrun.

Before the Swarm, there was Zerus. Home of the primal zerg. Monstrous creatures who existed only to collect essence and evolve. Though few remain, Dehaka lives on as one of the last pack leaders thanks to his cunning and will to survive, two qualities that made him a valuable ally to Kerrigan.

 

 

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StarCraft II Co-Op Commander: Dehaka
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Upgrade Complete! StarCraft: Remastered Goes Live

Blizzard Entertainment’s sci-fi classic emerges from the warp gate with 4K Ultra HD graphics, enhanced audio, and the same timeless real-time strategy gameplay that captivated a generation.

Reexperience the war between the terrans, protoss, and zerg NOW at www.starcraft.com

IRVINE, Calif. — Battlecruisers are operational, the Corsairs stand ready, and the Zerglings are boosted for the rush. StarCraft®: Remastered, Blizzard Entertainment’s lovingly crafted upgrade of the real-time strategy classic and its legendary expansion Brood War®, is NOW LIVE and available to purchase digitally at www.starcraft.com and through the Blizzard Shop.

Widely regarded as one of the most influential strategy games of all time, StarCraft and Brood War tell the story of the first interstellar war between three distinctive factions: the Earth-born terrans, psi-powered protoss, and hive-minded zerg. StarCraft: Remastered lets players reexperience the saga of iconic characters like Jim Raynor , High Templar Tassadar, and Kerrigan, through upgraded 4K visuals, enhanced audio and music, and new illustrated story interludes.

StarCraft: Remastered continues to use the same legendary gameplay engine that’s made StarCraft a competitive gaming and esports staple for nearly two decades. The classic gameplay is reinforced with new online features that propel the multiplayer experience into the modern era and beyond. Remastered provides players with matchmaking and leaderboards, cloud saves, as well as full multiplayer compatibility with the original versions of StarCraft and Brood War.

“We know how much StarCraft and Brood War mean to our community around the world, and our primary mission with StarCraft: Remastered was to enhance as much as we could while keeping the core StarCraft experience intact,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “Whether you’re a StarCraft veteran or you’re experiencing the beginning of the saga for the first time, we hope you enjoy revisiting the Koprulu Sector as much as we did.”

StarCraft: Remastered provides players with an arsenal of new updates and features, including:

  • Full graphical upgrade of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion
  • Widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution
  • Matchmaking and leaderboards
  • Player profiles that track individual statistics
  • Cloud saving for campaign progress, hotkeys, and replays
  • Improved high fidelity music and sound
  • Ability to switch between Remastered and the original StarCraft with the click of a button

StarCraft: Remastered is available now digitally for Windows® and Mac® PCs for $14.99 USD , and is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin American Spanish, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and simplified and traditional Chinese. To purchase or learn more about StarCraft: Remastered, visit www.starcraft.com

 

StarCraft II API Available Now

Blizzard Entertainment announced the StarCraft II API is available now for AI Research communities. The API includes support for Linux systems.

On behalf of Blizzard Entertainment, the StarCraft II development team is very pleased to announce the release of the StarCraft II API! We recognize the efforts made by researchers over the years to advance AI using the original StarCraft. With the StarCraft II API, we’re providing powerful tools for researchers, gamers, and hobbyists to utilize the game as a platform to further advance the state of AI research. This API also exposes a sandbox for the community to experiment with, using both learning based AI and scripted AI to build new tools that can benefit the StarCraft II and AI communities.

We’ve also done a lot of work to allow this API to run at scale in cloud infrastructure. Today, we are releasing the result of this work in the form of a fully functioning Linux package designed to run in the cloud for research purposes. This is a standalone Linux build optimized to only work with the API.

We’ve learned a lot during our collaboration with DeepMind on this project, and we’re very excited to get these tools into your hands to see what amazing things we can create together.

To summarize the feature set available in this release:

  • Scripted AI API
  • Image-based AI API (feature layers)
  • Documentation, sample code, and sample bots
  • Support for offline AI vs. AI play
  • A replay pack of anonymized 1v1 ladder games*
  • Windows and Mac support
  • Fully-featured Linux package of the API

* In addition to the initial release, replay packs will continue being released on an ongoing basis. Please note that there may be some lag time before new replay packs are available after a new StarCraft II release, as patches may change the format of replays.

While we have included some sample code and simple bots, it’s important to note that the release of these tools lays the foundation for AI research in StarCraft II to begin. Ultimately, it will be your creativity, ingenuity, and hard work that will dictate where this all leads, and we’re excited to see the direction the AI community will take this in.

For more information, as well as DeepMind’s white paper, head to their blog.

To get started, you can participate in our open source project on GitHub:

We’d love to hear your feedback on this project, and invite you to join the discussion in our StarCraft II API forum.

 

StarCraft II Patch 3.16.1

Blizzard Entertainment deployed Patch 3.16.1 (build 55958), a minor patch for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void which addresses three bug fixes.

  • Fixed a display issue with experience in War Chest node dialogues.
  • The Leviathan Brood Ultralisk, Baneling and Queen now have more pronounced team color, and glow their team color properly.
  • Zealot using the Forged skin can now be properly selected while warping in.

StarCraft II War Chest Phase 1 Available today

Blizzard Entertainment will sell new skins for each StarCraft II race each month (starting today at 6pm EST/3pm PST) until all phases are unlocked. 25% of the sales will go to supporting eSport prize pools.

UNLOCK INTERGALACTIC TREASURE

War Chest: BlizzCon 2017 introduces more than 70 new items (spread across three phases), including sprays, emoticons, exclusive portraits, and StarCraft II’s first army-wide skins, all for a steeply discounted price.

Each War Chest begins with a single unit skin and an exclusive portrait. Additional skins are divided into three phases, and can be unlocked by playing Multiplayer or Co-op matches during or after the corresponding phase, until by the end of the challenge you have a full set. Your initial purchase also grants awesome rewards in other Blizzard titles. Check out the full details here!

SUPPORT STARCRAFT II ESPORTS

25% of all War Chest purchases go directly to StarCraft II esports. The first $200K will be added to the $500K BlizzCon 2017 prize pool, with any surplus contributing to StarCraft II event production.

 

SCHEDULE

July 19 – War Chest Opens, Phase I Unlocks

Aug 16 – Phase II Unlocks

Sept 13 – Phase III Unlocks

Oct – Purchase Deadline

Nov 4 – War Chest Closes

 

First Purchase Loot

Unlocked once, upon first War Chest purchase only: Diablo III Tal’darim Pet (War Chest Exclusive), a Heroes of the Storm Loot Box, and a Hearthstone card pack.

War Chest: BlizzCon 2017 Details

The purchase period ends on October 4th, after which you will have one month of Bonus XP to complete your War Chest and finish unlocking all rewards.

Progress is applied retroactively to newly purchased War Chests. If you have unlocked 5 rewards from the Zerg War Chest, and you purchase a Protoss War Chest, you will immediately unlock 5 Protoss rewards.

Progress is shared across War Chests, so if you purchase more than one, you can work on them all simultaneously.

If you don’t complete your War Chest before the November 4th deadline, don’t worry: all War Chest skins will become available for purchase at full price on a later date.

 

 

 

In addition, each phase will also unlock a new StarCraft II digital comics titled Shadow Wars

Years after the events of Legacy of the Void and Nova Covert Ops, it seemed that peace had come to the Koprulu sector at last . . . But even when leaders understand each other, their warriors on the ground do not. Hidden in the shadows, their battles rage on.

 

 

Blizzard Launcher Icons Redesigned to Fit StarCraft: Remastered

Last night, Blizzard Entertainment updated the Blizzard Launcher with smaller game icons. The large game icons were definitely changed to the smaller ones in other to be able to fit the two new games coming in mid-August to the Blizzard Launcher:

StarCraft: Remastered (August 14 release date) and Destiny 2 Beta (PC) — slated for late August.

 

StarCraft: Remastered – We Are Under Attack! Video

A new StarCraft: Remastered spotlight content has been unlocked revealing the new video teaser: “We Are Under Attack!” Blizzard Entertainment posted a live action video of a Zerg and Protoss invasion upon Seoul.

Citizens go on with their daily activities when suddenly the sunlight coming through the windows darkens. Curious, they approach the window to see in terror UFOs descending upon their city. Zerg overlords approach the shore. Mayhem ensues as citizens flee in the streets.

StarCraft: Remastered launching on August 14th. Upgrade to Remastered to gain three portraits, three skins (Korhal Command Center, Aiur Nexus, and Char Hive), and a free Stukov Co-op Commander in StarCraft II.

StarCraft: Remastered coming to the Blizzard Launcher

An elaborate hands-on gameplay article by Ars Technica, reveals that StarCraft: Remastered will be played from the Blizzard Launcher.

That means access to all your Battle.net Friends across all post-2004 Blizzard games, better downloads and updates, and… future cross-game promo content? Hmm.

Ars Technica: SC:R will boot from within Blizzard’s official launcher, as opposed to the standalone EXE that StarCraft: Brood War currently operates from. The beta version I played weighed in as a 4.53GB install, but I cannot confirm whether that file size included any single-player content, which was unselectable from the main menu. Running the “remastered” version in menus brings up entirely new background art. LAN support remains entirely unchanged.

 

 

StarCraft: Remastered Arrives August 14

Blizzard Entertainment announced the StarCraft: Remastered will be released on August 14 adding 4K graphics, and an enhanced UI across the board for only $14.99. As stated weeks ago, a player with the old StarCraft and a player with the Remastered version can play the same match seemlessly. All that changes on both sides is the graphics quality.

If you need another reason to buy this masterpiece, Blizzard has a bonus for you: pre-purchase to unlock three exclusive building skins, the free Stukov co-op commander, and three iconic portraits for StarCraft II.

StarCraft: Remastered Arrives August 14

The award-winning RTS classic and Brood War® expansion have been modernized with 4K Ultra High Definition graphics, enhanced audio, new matchmaking and leaderboard systems, and more.

Pre-purchase and receive three exclusive building skins for StarCraft: Remastered, as well as a co-op commander and three iconic portraits for StarCraft II.

IRVINE, Calif. — Experience the original clash between the terrans, protoss, and zerg like never before in StarCraft®: Remastered, a lovingly crafted modernization of the award-winning sci-fi real-time strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment , which launches worldwide on August 14 . Grizzled StarCraft veterans and new commanders alike can now pre-purchase the game through the online Blizzard Shop and receive some exclusive in-game rewards.

All players who pre-purchase before August 14 will receive three unique building skins for use in StarCraft: Remastered—the Char Hive, the Korhal Command Center, and the Aiur Nexus. Additionally, those who purchase StarCraft: Remastered will receive digital bonuses in StarCraft II, including the Alexei Stukov co-op commander and three unique portraits that celebrate StarCraft: Remastered.

StarCraft: Remastered adds modern conveniences to the original StarCraft experience while maintaining the same gameplay that has captivated a passionate community of gamers for almost two decades. It’s also fully compatible with the existing version of StarCraft, meaning that those who purchase the upgrade can play with those who already have StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War®. Updates and new features include:

  • Full graphical upgrade of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion
  • Widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution
  • New matchmaking and leaderboards
  • Player profiles that track individual statistics
  • Cloud saving for campaign progress, hotkeys, and replays
  • Higher fidelity music and sound
  • Switch between Remastered and the original StarCraft with the click of a button!

“Nearly 20 years ago, StarCraft welcomed millions of gamers to an epic sci-fi universe—and also helped form the foundation for esports as we know it today,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “Passionate gamers around the world are still playing Brood War, both with friends and competitively, so we’re modernizing the technology behind StarCraft so that they can continue to enjoy the game for many years to come.”

StarCraft: Remastered will be available for Windows® and Mac® PCs for $14.99 USD and will be fully localized into English, Brazilian Portuguese, European and Latin American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and simplified and traditional Chinese. Learn more at www.starcraft.com