Remember StarCraft Universe? You’d be forgiven if you’ve forgotten. It’s a fan project that aims to plop the world of StarCraft into the MMORPG genre. Announced way back in the early days of StarCraft back in 2010, and successfully Kickstarted in 2013; the free game that will exist within StarCraft II’s Arcade mode will finally release in full this August directly after the conclusion of their Indiegogo campaign in a month. StarCraft Universe is funded, but the additional funds from the Indiegogo campaign will go towards supporting the game after release.
To celebrate, Upheaval Arts, the folks behind StarCraft Universe, has released both a gameplay and cinematic story trailer. Both are pretty impressive considering this is literally a game created within another game’s editor mode. You can check out the gameplay trailer right below and visit the cinematic trailer here.
According to the game’s Indiegogo page, StarCraft Universe will include the following features: A fully voice acted story, 8 playable hero classes, epic raid bosses, vehicle combat, aerial and starship combat, 20 new zones to explore in a new sector, and crafting.
Back when StarCraft II was still new and hot back in 2010, the then “World of StarCraft” fan project seemed awesome, but almost a little too good to be true. People were worried whether or not it was possible, and if Blizzard would take offense to that title infringing too closely to both of their IPs. The latter problem had a happy ending with Blizzard giving the fan project its blessing provided they change the name to something else, hence StarCraft Universe.
As far whether the game actually is fun/good? Well, the open beta is available now within StarCraft II’s Arcade tab by searching for SC Universe, so you can go see for yourself. We’ll give it a try ourselves soon as well.
StarCraft II’s starter edition is free to play, and includes the game’s Arcade mode needed to access StarCraft Universe.