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will starcraft 2 be dx9 or dx10??
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Will StarCraft II take advantage of DirectX 10? What other graphical goodies are included?

The game will be compatible with DirectX 10, and we're still considering whether there will be exclusive DirectX 10 graphic effects, but the graphics engine will also be very scalable to ensure that a wide range of different systems will be capable of running StarCraft II. The new engine is also capable of rendering very large units, as well as large numbers of units on screen together. Havok physics have been integrated into the engine for added realism as well.
Taken from the Starcraft 2 FAQ
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Originally Posted by VulcanDragon View Post
It won't take that long. They've already been working on it since 2003. I give it another year, 18 months tops.

It's stupid for EBGames to put a release date on the preorders, though. Blizzard should make them take it down.
Official pricing and release dates have not been announced by Blizzard. Price and release date listed are estimates only and subject to change. Worry Free Guarantee - if the price decreases between the time you place your preorder and the release date, you’ll receive the lower of the two.

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I preordered my copy at Babbages (gamestop), and they said the target release date is set to October this year.
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1UP has the release date set to November 20th this year.
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I'm not so optimistic.
Looking at this IGN article announcing the development of Warcraft 3 in September 1999. According to that article the game would be releasing late next year, but the game only released in 2002.

I don't know which year they began development of the game, but for Blizzard to say that they would be releasing the game the next year they would have to be pretty far along.
I would say it's fair to be pessimistic in this regard. Blizzard does have a history of taking a long time. And contrary to what most marketers and publishers fear, most gamers greatly appreciate taking the necessary time to get it right!

My uncharacteristic optimism is based on a belief that they actually are pretty far along. Somewhere in the press releases and articles I've read, I saw a blurb that said that the skirmish mode is fairly complete. Sure there will be balancing issues and all that, but what I took away was that the single player campaign is all that's really left to do. I'm certain that they can do that in a year. If it gets delayed past 18 months, I think it will be for some unforeseen delay.

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Official pricing and release dates have not been announced by Blizzard. Price and release date listed are estimates only and subject to change. Worry Free Guarantee - if the price decreases between the time you place your preorder and the release date, you’ll receive the lower of the two.
And your point is...? Including a disclaimer like this doesn't make it any more responsible on EBGames part. To quote Men in Black, "A person can be smart...people are stupid." And many "people" are going to see a release date and plunk down their money, thinking they will actually get the game on that date. It is an intentional deception to generate sales now instead of in the future.

Of course, I always think that preordering without getting some compensation for doing so is the domain of mindless sheep anyway. Maybe they are just getting what they deserve for being slaves to the hype machine. Make no mistake, I'm as psyched for SC2 as anyone and will be playing ASAP; but I'm not about to give some sleazy company my money today for a product that they promise to provide sometime in the next couple of years. Wake up, folks. If you aren't getting something for the preorder (like the GB Link cable for preordering FF Crystal Chronicles, or the port of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for preordering Wind Waker), you're a sucker for preordering. Don't be that guy.
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I agree with Vulcan 100% on pre-ordering. I usually won't even do it unless I can score some major deal out of it.

Anyway I am really happy for all you folks out there! I consider myself a HUGE pc gamer and I always will be, but honestly I'm with the minority here as I never really thought SC was all that. It is fun but to me CnC is beyond good enough.

I really wanted the announcement to be Diablo III

But as I said I am happy, you SC fanatics have been waiting forever and a day for this game, you all do deserve it because from what I hear the original is still played fairly ofton.

One quick question, if I go pick up a copy of the original to give it another try after all these years, does the online still work well? I mean is it flooded with cheaters?
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I agree with Vulcan 100% on pre-ordering. I usually won't even do it unless I can score some major deal out of it.

Anyway I am really happy for all you folks out there! I consider myself a HUGE pc gamer and I always will be, but honestly I'm with the minority here as I never really thought SC was all that. It is fun but to me CnC is beyond good enough.

I really wanted the announcement to be Diablo III

But as I said I am happy, you SC fanatics have been waiting forever and a day for this game, you all do deserve it because from what I hear the original is still played fairly ofton.

One quick question, if I go pick up a copy of the original to give it another try after all these years, does the online still work well? I mean is it flooded with cheaters?

Not really, it's kinda hard to cheat on Battle.net I guess, because I haven't seen any cheaters in my 3+ years of playing online.

So yeah, starcraft MP is still as crisp as it was when it first came out- just the community is a tad smaller due to the age the game has on it.
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I agree with Vulcan 100% on pre-ordering. I usually won't even do it unless I can score some major deal out of it.

Anyway I am really happy for all you folks out there! I consider myself a HUGE pc gamer and I always will be, but honestly I'm with the minority here as I never really thought SC was all that. It is fun but to me CnC is beyond good enough.

I really wanted the announcement to be Diablo III

But as I said I am happy, you SC fanatics have been waiting forever and a day for this game, you all do deserve it because from what I hear the original is still played fairly ofton.

One quick question, if I go pick up a copy of the original to give it another try after all these years, does the online still work well? I mean is it flooded with cheaters?
No, its just flooded with pros.
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Great so I will get completely owned lol. Thats my only gripe with any RTS, some people are just flat out better at micro managing and zipping to and fro with their mouse.

With FPS it's still fun cuz ya can still shoot but with RTS if you play someone like that and you are not that good its boring and over really fast
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Yeah... I lended my copy to a friend and he got PWND by a Korean on the Asian network (we're in Indonesia). The guy sent a single vulture and killed all his probes and zealots using hit and run tactics (my friend told me he'd never seen anyone do it that smoothly).
Now he plays on the European server
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