Recently Blizzard president Mike Ybarra said that a new Starcraft game is definitely coming, but there’s no guarantee that the new one will be an RTS game.
It’s been 13 years since StarCraft 2 was released, and after its updates officially stopped in 2020, the gaming community went silent for years. Since then, StarCraft 2 has been dormant, with only the most ardent fans and e-sports players still playing it. But now it looks like the iconic Blizzard brand will soon be revived.
Mike Ybarra recently spoke with Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier about the current state of Starcraft gaming. While nothing is set in stone yet, Blizzard is open to reviving the IP.
Ibarra says Blizzard’s focus has remained largely the same since its acquisition by Microsoft. The development team will continue to work on series such as Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Diablo, but they’re also open to exploring “off-the-wall projects,” which includes exploring the future of the StarCraft series. While dozens of the original developers have now left, Ibarra isn’t forcing new team members to develop the RTS genre.
Ibarra said, “I’m not saying, ‘Go make a StarCraft game.’ I need people with vision and passion, and I would bet on this team.” It looks like the new instalment of this iconic IP could be an FPS spin-off like StarCraft: Ghosts, or a handheld game like Warcraft. It’s anyone’s guess at this point.