StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void Announced as a Standalone Expansion; Introduces New Co-op Modes
Blizzard Entertainment revealed the first glimpse of the final chapter in the StarCraft 2 trilogy, Legacy of the Void. The last portion of the story is a stand alone game, not requiring any previous StarCraft 2 game to play, and is capped off by the Protoss story of Artanis and Zeratul attempting to unite their race against the Xel’Naga in an intergalactic conflict that holds the fate of the galaxy in the balance.
Legacy of the Void adds new multiplayer units to the game, creating a new competitive experience, as well as a brand new single player campaign. Ontop of that, Blizzard has added two new game modes that focus on co-op play in Archon Mode and Allied Commanders.
Archon Mode is a competitive multiplayer mode where two players share control over a single base and units as they tackle an enemy a similarly paired enemy duo. By sharing the responsibility micro and macro management, players can focus on their own unique strengths to execute complex strategies.
Allied Commanders, on the other hand, is an objective-based and cooperative experience. Players team up and take on the roles of powerful commanders characters from the StarCraft series, with each commander offering unique skills, upgrades and bonuses to their units. Fighting together, players must battle through a series of unique scenarios together, leveling up their commanders as they progress through this new game mode.
“Legacy of the Void will deliver the quintessential StarCraft 2 experience,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment in an official statement. “The new single-player campaign will wrap up the massive story, and we’re excited to share new game modes that will open up different ways to play the game and additional units that will expand the rich strategic depth of StarCraft 2 multiplayer.”
Legacy of the Void currently does not have a confirmed release window, but it is safe to expect it sometime next year or in early 2016. You can watch the announcement trailer below.