updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu August 24, 2006
WoW expansions, Starcraft
A slew of stories has hit the Web regarding expansions for World of Warcraft and the upcoming possibility of Starcraft 2. Let's start with Warcraft - yes, The Burning Crusade will be just the first in a series of paid expansions to WoW, much as Ultima Online has had packs like Third Dawn and Samurai Empire. The plan is to release a new pack every 12 months. A blogger at 1UP, meanwhile, has spotted what could be a leak of talents waiting for characters past level 60, a barrier removed in Burning Crusade. Blizzard is apparently cracking down hard on those who link the info on official forums. Finally, IGN managed to weasel this out of COO Paul Sams while at Leipzig: "As you probably already know, there is no doubt that we will continue the StarCraft and Diablo franchise, and trust me, I will be the happiest person in the world when we announce StarCraft 2." One might think he was speaking about the distant future; however, he also happened to add that on top of three anonymous projects, Blizzard "will have a major product announcement in 2007." It's almost certainly either Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3, given the clamouring that's existed for these sequels. UPDATE: There's been slow progress towards the creation of a Warcraft movie. Blizzard, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are now attempting to pin down a director and a screenwriter for the film, projected to be a blockbuster costing more than $100 million.