Originally Posted by Walk_this_way
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.
Originally Posted by LittleKneepadBuddi
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, youâ€™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.