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How StarCraft has maintained its quality over the years
Nov 30, 2021, 4:02:00 AM

How StarCraft has maintained its quality over the years

It has been two decades since the first StarCraft game was released. Despite its age, StarCraft has maintained its quality as a top RTS game. Let’s talk about what has led to StarCraft’s longevity and how they continue to be a timeless franchise.

Looking back, 1998 was one of the best years for video games. It had strong releases including Metal Gear Solid, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Half-Life, and many more. StarCraft was probably the biggest release for the PC gamers alongside Half-Life and both games made a mark on the gaming industry. 

If you’re enjoying games like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in recent years, you should look at the impact of both SC and HL on the gaming industry because they were the basis of both the MOBA and tactical first-person shooter genres. Esports can also trace their roots to both games because of the same reason.

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The quality of the game is paramount

When you look at StarCraft’s history, you can see that Blizzard did a stellar job of updating the game through the years. You can always expect some solid success from the games because Blizzard was always working hard to keep up with the metagame and follow up on what the top players were saying. 

The updates were infrequent because they came through expansion packs but they were always high-quality changes. The patch notes were always extensive because they were filled with both huge and small changes. However, they always found a way to still capture the original StarCraft’s nature.

Modern games have become reliant on these constant updates including titles like Dota, CS:GO, and League of Legends. Their esports scenes have also been influenced by SC which is usually seen as the forefather of the industry. Now, the esports industry is worth millions with tournaments being held every week with the most talented players. 

StarCraft itself is still one of the biggest esports scenes in the world because they are always seen as a difficult game to play. However, that has become a positive quality for SC because their players love the challenge.

The fanbase encourages Blizzard to keep maintaining quality

StarCraft has one of the most passionate fan bases in the world. You can always expect that the SC fans will always fight for their game because they love StarCraft and they do not want to let it fade away.

Blizzard announced that they would step away from updating StarCraft II back in late 2020 but it only made the fans more supportive. The developer wants Blizzard to create the third game in the series so they can continue to play and support the franchise.

The player base is optimistic that a third SC game will be huge for the franchise’s further growth in the future.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA