Blizzard’s ‘StarCraft II’ gets major updates for its 10th anniversary


  • Video games
  • Friday, 24 Jul 2020

Blizzard's sci-fi RTS classic StarCraft II turns 10 and gets massive updates to its Map Editor and campaign achievements. — Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment has released major updates to StarCraft II in conjunction with the sci-fi real time strategy (RTS) game’s 10th anniversary.

It said the Map Editor feature, which allows players to create their own missions, had gotten its “biggest ever” upgrade, with elements from its sister game Warcraft III added.

Blizzard added that the update would make the Map Editor easier to use without reducing customisation.

On its blog, the video game maker said its 5.0 Patch also included new campaign achievements have been added to every mission, with a reward of a new announcer for players that complete all the 10th Anniversary Campaign Achievements.

Announcers are voiceovers that inform players what’s going on during the game, such as when their base is under attack or requires more resources.

StarCraft II was released in 2010, 12 years after the original StarCraft, continuing the story of the intergalactic war between the human Terrans, insect-like Zerg and mystical Protoss.

The game features several modes including a Story Campaign, Versus Mode for player-versus-player action, and Co-Op Missions where friends can work together using extra-powerful Commander characters.

The 5.0 Patch featured rebalances to the Commander characters, new custom campaigns and announcers, plus bug fixes to several characters and map editor features.

To note, the basic version of StarCraft II has been free since November 2017.

Back during Blizzcon 2017, Blizzard announced that the game would be free-to-play for the StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty campaign with limited access to certain multiplayer and co-op features.

Though the original version was launched in 2010, several expansions including the Heart Of The Swarm, Legacy Of The Void and Nova Covert Ops were added since, with the last release coming out in March 2016.

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