Rumor: Chinese Game Operator Being Licensed for Starcraft Online?

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These rumors of an MMO based on Starcraft keep springing up every so often, and every single time, my heart jumps. This isn’t a gleeful jump, mind you; it’s more the feeling you’d get if you’re car was careening over a cliff, and you realized your life was about to end. Nevertheless, it seems an online game operator in China, Netease.com, is claiming they are looking to enter the foreign market by licensing their services for “Starcraft Online,” which will be developed by Blizzard:

Caijing Magazine reported that the first foreign online game to be operated by Netease, which used to rely on independent R&D, will be Starcraft Online, developed by US-based Blizzard, quoting an industry insider as saying.

Netease CEO Ding Lei didn’t confirm the market saying, adding that the company is observing many online games and has not signed any formal license contract.

So basically, who knows just how reliable this information is? Right now, all we know is Blizzard is working on an MMO and early speculation (plus the fact that they haven’t worked on a new franchise in over a decade) suggests that it has something to do with either Diablo or Starcraft. We’ll just have to wait and see what new diabolical plot the folks at Blizzard devise to steal our lives.

Via Trading Markets [image via Penny Arcade]

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Joelteon7

On January 30, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Hmm, Warcraft franchise kept going by WoW. Starcraft now revitalised by 2…Diablo makes sense, only in keeping up-to-date all that they offer already. Then I presume it’d go back to Warcraft again etc. etc.