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StarCraft Universe

3 years ago

Feature: A fan-made MMO inspired by FTL

Starcraft Universe: Hands On With The Open Beta

I think one of my favourite things about seeing a game jump genre is what it means for the ground-level stuff. An Ultralisk is never going to be scary, viewed from top-down, with a small army at your disposal. Leering down at you, with so many hit-points that the mission is more about distracting it, it becomes a very different matter. Ever since World of…

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StarCraft Universe: The “MMO” That Blizzard Let Live

StarCraft Universe [official site], the free multiplayer RPG that has been built as a StarCraft II mod, is finally due to come out next month, after an eventful 5-year development. On top of that, the open beta is now live and can be played through the StarCraft II Arcade right now. You can even play with its free Starter Edition. It's been a strange ride…

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6 years ago

Kickstar(craf)ter: StarCraft Universe Goes To Kickstarter

Hmmm, well, this is sort of an odd situation. Once upon a time, Blizzard nearly fired a legal laser straight through the heart of StarCraft Universe's ¬†modswarm, but now - a couple years later - the multiplayer RPG is alive, well, and on Kickstarter. The project apparently still has Blizzard's blessing, given that it's fan-made and will be distributed entirely for free. However, somewhat paradoxically,…

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Power MMOverwhelming: StarCraft Universe Prologue Live

StarCraft Universe is a fan-made StarCraft MMO and - in all likelihood - the closest thing to World of StarCraft we're gonna get until Blizzard realizes it wants all the money instead of just most of it. You might find it a bit weird, then, that StarCraft Universe - Chronicles of Fate is entirely single-player. But paving over a fundamentally RTS-focused engine with an entirely…

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8 years ago

Starcraft Universe PvP Test Playable Now

One of Starcraft II's big boasts was how awesome its editor was going to be for making your own games and such. We're just starting to see the fruits of that. One group of modders took Blizzard up on the challenge and got on with creating a Starcraft MMO. After some initial legal wobbles, the mod is now approved by Blizzard, and it's PvP mode…

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World Of StarCraft StarCraft Universe

Were you following the World Of StarCraft debacle a few weeks back? Dude says he's making an MMO using the StarCraft map makerer, says he's calling it World Of StarCraft. Blizzard opens its mighty mouth and roars, scaring everyone with its sharp, pointy teeth. Internet cries "foul!", everyone panics, dude gets hired by a developer, Blizzard says it was just yawning and that its teeth…

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Blizzard Offers MMO Modder Mercy

The StarCraft MMO mod wrangle looks to have resolved itself overnight, with Blizzard finally offering a comment beyond a scary form DMCA notice. In a statement released to all sorts of places last night, they confirmed they're not going to block the mod's ongoing development. While the unwise 'World of StarCraft' name was, unsurprisingly, key to the issue, a comment from modder Ryan Winzen suggests…

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