'Starcraft 2' Free for Korean 'WoW' Subscribers; 3D Patch Inbound

StarCraft 2 Summer Release

In just over 3 weeks, Starcraft II will finally see release, and today, we're getting word that you'll be able to play the highly anticipated title in 3D - shortly after its release.

In addition to 3D implementation, Blizzard has also announced that StarCraft II will be free... to all Korean World of Warcraft subscribers.

IGN had the chance to speak to Chris Sigaty, lead producer of StarCraft II at Blizzard - who was able to confirm upcoming 3D capabilities. However, it sounds like the feature won't be enabled at launch - and will be added in in a patch within the first few months of the game's release.

"We will be releasing 3D in the first few months, for those Nvidia cards and screens that support it."

If you want to go 3D with an ATI card then, unfortunately, you're out of luck for the time being. Sigaty did promise that they're "optimising for all systems" - but you'll have to wait and see folks.

To be quite honest, I don't particularly care for 3D. I know our friends over at Screen Rant are having to adapt far quicker than we are in terms of 3D media, but it really just doesn't interest me. Lord knows I'm pretty excited for StarCraft II, but I'm pretty sure my laptop won't be able to run it in 3D, and since I'll be getting my butt kicked in 2D, I don't want to suffer the humiliation in an extra dimension.

So, what if you spent all your money on a 3D PC - or lost all your money in a StarCraft: Brood War tournament? Maybe you no longer have a job, after watching the latest StarCraft II trailer on an infinite loop. Well, assuming you live in Korea and are a World of Warcraft subscriber, then we have good news for you.

That's right, earlier this week, Blizzard announced that all Korean World of Warcraft subscribers would be able to play Starcraft II for free -- at least while their subscription is still ongoing. Sigaty described this new initiative as "a way of giving something back to such a supportive and skilled community of players."

Considering, StarCraft is treated as a sport in Korea (with the best players receiving celebrity status), I guess it's only fair they'd receive premier pricing.

Perhaps the free StarCraft II initiative is designed to ensure all StarCraft players move onto StarCraft II (because, let's face it, who isn't playing World of Warcraft?) - or maybe Blizzard just doesn't need money anymore?

While I commend Blizzard for making StarCraft II free for Korean WoW Players, I do wish the game was free for ALL Warcraft subscribers. It seems a little unfair that only one territory is given the offer.

Are you looking forward to StarCraft II? Are you excited by the news of 3D, but disappointed you'll have to pay for your copy? Let us know in the comments below.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty will strategically maneuver itself onto your PC or Mac on July 27th, 2010. For Game Rant's detailed hands-on impression of the beta, click here.

Source: IGN

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