Blizzcon 2011: The Blizzard Arcade Launches With Heart Of The Swarm

On the Developer’s stage at Blizzcon 2011 during the Arcade, Mods and DOTA panel, Blizzard’s Alex Sung unveiled details about the new Blizzard arcade, set to launch with Heart of The Swarm. The arcade is intended to be a place for Battle.net members to share and access player created games. Sung specifically mentioned player created games on WoW and how they want to offer similar support for them with HOTS.

Possibly the biggest news to come out of the presentation is that players will eventually be able to sell the games they’ve made. This won’t be an option at launch, but it will become part of the Arcade experience ‘some time’ after Heart of the Swarm is released. This makes sense, as Arcade is the official name for the StarCraft II marketplace announced last year. Fortunately for players who dont’ want to pay, free games will be available, however Sung stated that they see the ability to sell games as incentive for players to generate more original content.

The Arcade will be part of a resdesigned SCII title screen. Single player and multiplayer are now merged into a single button, “StarCraft”, and next to that is the new ‘Arcade’ button. With one click you’ll be taken to a screen where a featured game selected by Blizzard is along the top, the most popular games listed along the right, and three new lists designed to help lesser known games get discovered. They are “What’s Hot”, “New and Noteworthy” and “Up and Coming”. In addition, a 5 star rating system has been added, which helps to bring attention to games that may not have become popular yet.

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