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

Starcraft Chronicles CGI: Tank Rigging Video

A rounds up on the awaited unofficial Starcraft Chronicles CGI Film. J.J. Franzen (Lightning/Rendering Supervisor), known for his credits at South Park and Team America,  has nominated Modeling/Animation Supervisors and Project Managers to organize the CGI team . The new Project Manager Fdario will be instructing the modelers and animators with further plans of action, to synch efforts. The storyline of the teaser will be submitted by Critical.Mechanism to the team before the weekend. New Matte Painters have joined the Starcraft CGI film, but more are needed for the next part of the project after the 2 minutes teaser. If you know matte painters, tell them to join up here; or help by posting at your favorite forum, please do so.

Who are the new Matte Painters? Check out their breath-taking samples or galleries submitted at the time of recruitment:
coitbub2006
Plaf
Makyysch

Now if those Matte Painters just astonished you, take a look at this video.  One of the modelers, bodhisattva, decided to rig the tank model he practiced with on his own, and took video.  It is not determined if the model will be the one to be used on the CGI, however this looks like good material to show the fans.