Blizzard has announced that they are moving StarCraft 2 to legacy support, and that there will be no more StarCraft 2 updates with content going forward.
In the open letter to the StarCraft community, Rob Bridenbecker explained that Starcraft II updates going forward will be similar to those for StarCraft: Brood War. What this means is that they'll fix bugs, keep it working technologically, make balance changes, and season changes. There will be no new content, including no more Commanders and War Chests for sale. Blizzard further states there will be no Q4 StarCraft 2 balance change this year, as they did a change a few months ago.
What does this mean for StarCraft 2 esports?
Given StarCraft 2 esports prominence, it is natural to wonder what the change to ongoing Starcraft 2 support means for the esports competitors and leagues. In the letter, Blizzard says that StarCraft 2 esports will continue running through partners ESL Gaming and GSL.
Will there be a StarCraft 3?
One of the big questions that is naturally asked at a point like this is what this means for StarCraft the IP going forward. Blizzard says that the 'good news' of this announcement is that it will "free us up to think about what’s next, not just with regard to StarCraft II, but for the StarCraft universe as a whole." This prominently doesn't make any announcement of a StarCraft 3 or any other StarCraft game. It is worth remembering that Blizzard has considered moving StarCraft outside the strategy realm before, with the famously cancelled StarCraft Ghost.
Rob Bridenbecker closed out the letter with the following,
"You are one of the most passionate, creative, and dedicated communities in all of gaming. We’re eternally grateful for your ongoing support, and we’ll keep you updated on any and all plans we have for future voyages into the Koprulu Sector."
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