Rob Bridenbecker, Executive Producer and Vice President at Blizzard has just announced that the company will not continue to produce new content for StarCraft II.
In a letter to the StarCraft Community Bridenbecker explains that the development team will focus on what competitive players require the most, seasonal patches to provide balance fixes on seasonal updates.
We’re going to continue supporting StarCraft II in the same manner as we have with our previous longstanding games, such as Brood War, focusing primarily on what our core and competitive communities care about most. What this means is that we’re not going to be producing additional for-purchase content, such as Commanders and War Chests, but we will continue doing season rolls and necessary balance fixes moving forward.
On that last note, we’re not planning a Q4 balance update given that we did one a few months ago, but as always, we do plan to continue doing them as needed in the future. StarCraft II esports, which is part of the highest echelon of professional competitive gaming, will also continue going strong as it has been through our partners’ ESL Gaming and GSL.
Rob Bridenbecker affirms that the extra resources will allow Blizzard to “think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole”. The executive also said that the franchise is core to Blizzard, and he expressed his gratitude to the players “who devote themselves to it”
You are one of the most passionate, creative, and dedicated communities in all of gaming. We’re eternally grateful for your ongoing support, and we’ll keep you updated on any and all plans we have for future voyages into the Koprulu Sector.