And instead reveals StarCraft II: Herald of the Stars as the third entry into the StarCraft II saga. The final chapter will still focus on the Protoss, but won’t follow the exploits of Zeratul any longer; instead, Herald of the Stars will focus on the Protoss backstory from Artanis’s perspective. According to Blizzard, this new direction for the Protoss chapter will “reveal this mysterious race in all its power and glory.”
And yes, it’s 01 April, so you can’t believe a word of any of this.
We’re keeping an eye on the collection of April Fools’ stories that the gaming industry is throwing at us, and so far this Legacy of the Void renaming and refocusing is probably one of the best ones. Blizzard has written a lengthy blog post on their reasoning behind the name change (which is a joke, in case you haven’t figured that out) and it all comes down to one thing: an acronym.
“As you might expect, Blizzard Entertainment is constantly researching the aspects of our games that our community of players enjoy. One thing that has unexpectedly come to our attention is our audience’s love for the acronym HotS. With recent successful titles Heart of the Swarm, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearth (of the) Stone, we took notice of players’ absolute love for this particular string of letters. This caused us to reconsider everything, and the results were nothing short of spectacular.”
That’s according to Blizzard’s Head of Trend Studies (oh ROFL) Jack Sterling.
The new and fake direction that Herald of the Stars is heading in will bring the following to the StarCraft II experience: “New weapons! New units! New armors! New hairstyles on the Stalkers! Customize the color of your lasers so long as you’re okay with 10 different shades of blue! A dance editor? Yes. Sure! A dance editor!”
A part of me now wishes for a dance editor in StarCraft II.
You can check out the whole April Fools’ blog post over here. When you’re done, check out Blizzard’s second April Fools’ gag: a fighting game starring all the bad guys from their extensive IP – the game is called Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished. I’d totally play it.