Ambitious goals, but can they pull it off?
By Tim Colwill on August 13, 2013 at 11:40 am
The team behind the entirely fan-made StarCraft MMO mod have taken to Kickstarter to try and raise $80,000 to complete the project.
Calling themselves Upheaval Arts, the team are setting the game in an alternate universe where Kerrigan is killed at the end of Wings of Liberty, the protoss are almost wiped out, and the galaxy is plunged into darkness.
You’ll recall that an early version of the mod was released online (see the surprisingly impressive trailer here), a single-player prologue which you can find by searching for ‘SC Universe RPG Chronicles of Fate’ in your custom maps. This game will build off the storyline of that prologue, with eight classes, an original soundtrack, and fully-voiced cut-scenes.
Because the game will be playable with the StarCraft II Starter Edition, the whole MMO will be completely free.
Blizzard have greenlit the project to avoid any further legal confusion of the sort that plagued the project back in 2011, with Upheaval saying that “while Blizzard is not directly affiliated with this project’s production, we do communicate with them to submit bug reports and make technical requests.”
“They have given their blessing/permission for us to launch this Kickstarter, and they are supporting our efforts by featuring SCU as an Arcade Highlight.”
Source: Thanks, Dan