StarCraft # 1 Preview Scans

DC Comics provided Blizzplanet six preview scans from the StarCraft # 1 comic book.  The comic book will launch on May 27 at a newsstand near you. You can find one near you by visiting the Comics Shop Locator or subscribe to get it mailed directly to your home.

Description

From the bestselling Blizzard computer game comes the most explosive sci-fi action comic ever created! Join the WarPigs, a disbanded team of outlaws reunited by their former captain for one last job: the assassination of Jim Raynor!

Join creators Keith Giffen, Simon Furman and Federico Dallocchio for WildStorm’s explosive foray into the world of STARCRAFT with this new ongoing series!

Written by Keith Giffen and Simon Furman
Art and cover by Federico Dallocchio
Variant Cover by Shawn Moll and Doug Mahnke
Wildstorm – 32pg. –  Color – $2.99 US

   

   

NetEase Starts Mysterious Countdown

Our sister site, StarcraftWire reports chinese websites are echoing the appearance of a mysterious countdown at the NetEase website.  NetEase will operate Starcraft II, World of Warcraft and Battle.net in Mainland China—which rises the question:  Is this countdown related to StarCraft II beta in China?

The background artwork on the countdown page resembles the tease image of Wrath of the Lich King’s announcement at Blizzcon 2007, except the eyes look Protoss-ish.  It is unknown what the countdown is for.  We will have to wait until May 6 to find out if it is Blizzard related or not.

Graham McNeill Coming To Baltimore

Graham McNeill, writer of StarCraft: I, Mengsk is coming to the United States for a book signing session at a non-Blizzard event.  His public appearance will be at the Games Day Baltimore on Saturday, May 9th in the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.  If you happen to be a Warhammer fan, or wish to meet the writer, tickets to attend the Games Day Baltimore cost $25 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.You can order your Games Day ticket in advance by calling the Direct Services department at 1-800-394-GAME (4263).

The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Floor plans, Directions, and Hotel Info by navigating the menu at the Baltimore Convention Center website. Google Map here.

Graham: I’ll be in Baltimore on the 9th of May for Games Day Baltimore. I

Starcraft 2: Zergling Wings Removed

Karune explained the reason the zergling artwork was overhauled, removing its wings. Some people liked the wings, showing they had evolved these past years. However, Blizzard is well known for iterating and polishing the artwork taking in consideration simplicity and visual recognition.  With the wings, it was hard to tell if it was a normal zergling or an upgraded one.  With the removal of the wings, you can now see the difference.

Blizzard Quote:
Karune, what was the reason for …removing the zergling wings? They were great and made it feel like zerglings actually evolved since BW.

Karune: We want to visually be able to show upgrades so enemy players can more easily tell when they are up against upgraded units (such as Zergling/Baneling speed, Zealot Charge, Stalker Blink, Marine Shields, etc)

But, may I observe that in the last battle report zerglings did not have wings after the upgrade? Did developers remove them temporarily or?

Karune: The last battle report is not up to date with changes that are currently being talked about on the forums. Builds and updates change frequently and rapidly here – every week there will be changes and replays/games will be out of date.

What is the visual clue to denote the charge and blink upgrades?

Karune: For those two, they will not be static visual upgrades, but instead you’ll be able to see easily in the animations. Not all the upgrades will have static visual upgrades.

Latin America Fansite Program Launch

Blizzplanet has been online seven years informing Blizzard fans of many countries around the world including China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, other European countries, Middle East, and various countries in Latino America—according to the traffic tracker.  I am latino (Puerto Rican born in New York), and encourage more latinos to heed the call.  Blizzard wants latinos to launch their own Blizzard games fansites in spanish and to become part of the Latin America Fansite Program.  Incentives? You will have direct contact with Blizzard staff, free Blizzcon tickets for your staff and to giveaway, and other nice perks.

Spanish: Blizzplanet ha estado en la red mundial hace siete a

Starcraft # 1 – Ben Abernathy Interview

The StarCraft # 1 comic book by Wildstorm Comics and DC Comics will make its official launch on May 27th at all newsstands nationwide.  This is one of the most expected comic book titles based in Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft Universe. The comic book heralds the release of the RTS sequel StarCraft II and will give us a glimpse into its single player storyline.

We approached Ben Abernathy (Wildstorm Starcraft Editor) to find out further details of this comic book beyond the solicitations to increase our expectations and crave for this new ongoing series.

What timeframe does the comic take place in?

Ben: Our book takes place in 2552.

What can you tell us about the main characters? And will known heroes such as Jim Raynor, Zeratul, Matt Horner, Tychus Findlay appear in the comic book?

Ben: The main characters are a motley group of mercenaries known as the

BattleReport 2 Released

Blizzard has released BattleReport # 2 after four months with some really nice details. Matt Cooper (Zerg) and David Kim (Terran), from the StarCraft II development team, play in this video on a never before seen 1v1 map called Blistering Sands. We get to see the Xel’Naga Watch Towers that offer tactical vision to all enemy activity in a huge radius area.  We get to see the Terran drop pods bring in the mules, and the NIghthawks and Banshees in action.

You can check out Battle Report # 2 here.  Otherwise, visit StarcraftWire for the video and transcript.

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