Today Blizzard announced that Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty would be released on July 27th, 2010. This includes the boxed copies of Wings of Liberty, as well as the collector’s edition.
Wings of Liberty is the first game of three in the Starcraft II trilogy. It includes the full multiplayer experience and roughly 30 single player missions featuring the Terran. Two more games will follow in the future featuring the Zerg and Protoss races, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void. Wings of Liberty‘s single player campaign will follow Jim Raynor and be a non-linear, mercenary style experience, with players receiving rewards for completing missions and buying the ability to use units and more in future missions. Heart of the Swarm will feature a more traditional role-playing experience with players leveling up Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades. Finally, Legacy of the Void will be more “diplomacy-based” to unite the Protoss tribes.
This has implications for World of Warcraft. The new Battle.net system will likely go live for WoW and the Starcraft 2 beta well before Starcraft 2 to help ensure a smooth launch. As such, expect a major patch for World of Warcraft in the coming weeks implementing these new features.