Last Thursday, Blizzard held an event in South Korea to promote the release of StarCraft 2 - which arrives next month. Since the event, frustration has been brewing regarding the lack of LAN functionality in the upcoming release.
Many-a-fan had been assured that StarCraft 2 would feature a "Professional Edition" for high-ranking e-sport tournaments in South Korea, which would have advanced LAN features allowing for proper tournament play.
Unfortunately, it's all hearsay at this point, as Blizzard's PR team sent word to Big Download that there will be no professional edition. However, they did confirm that Blizzard's StarCraft team would be addressing the lack of LAN in a patch to come after the July 27 release date.
"We will be addressing StarCraft 2 tournament functionality in a post launch patch to the game, soon after ship. This patch will include features to address the needs of location-based pro tournaments, but we have not discussed any specifics about tournament support beyond that."
No other information has been released as of yet, so we can't tell you whether or not the patch will be selectively distributed to tournament organizers or to the general public as a whole. If you ask me, I doubt it'll be too long before everyone gets their hands on it (by any means necessary).
It's good to see Blizzard responding to the complaints of its core user base, but we have yet to see whether or not the functionality will be addressed properly - or if it's just another method of keeping protesters at bay. It'll be interesting to see how the whole thing plays out - as we've been covering the debate for some time now.
In addition to LAN patch rumors, we've also got one of the biggest StarCraft 2 announcements to date. Yes, that's right, Blizzard has revealed two Korean Air jumbo jets branded with StarCraft 2 imagery.
Most beautiful airplanes ever, if I do say so myself. The jets will operate on both domestic and international flights, allowing Blizzard multi-national advertising coverage of the release in Asia, the Americas, and Europe.
In addition to airplanes, Blizzard has announced marketing partnerships with Korean hamburger chain Lotteria - as well as chipset manufacturer NVIDIA.
Today marks one month left on the countdown to the final release date, and we're still waiting on word from the Blizzard team on when the second phase of the beta is set to begin. We'll keep you updated, so keep checking back – until then, satiate your appetite for all things StarCraft by checking out the campaign screenshots, or taking a look at the most recent trailer.