StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

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Hands up if the first thing you considered when seeing the Wii U tablet was whether it could run Blizzard's StarCraft II? Oh, nobody? Well, Blizzard has said it "might" work on Wii U. Hurrah!

But wait a second! Blizzard also said to Kotaku, via the mouth of StarCraft II lead designer Dustin Browder, that it's probably not going to happen. Boo!

"If I can control a cursor on the television with my hand on the touchscreen, that might be able to work," said Browder. "[But] because of the hotkey scenario, it's not like players actually play StarCraft with the mouse only-they play with the mouse and keyboard... We obviously allow new users to play mouse-only and that's really fun, but when you get serious about the game you do move into the mouse and keyboard space."

"It needs to match a very high quality level for control for us to consider a StarCraft move in that direction," affirmed Browder. "Again, if there is enough there, totally we could make a port."

Browder also suggested the developer might look into making games that fit with touch-based input methods. "If there's not enough there, it still might be exciting to do a whole new title," he added.

Elsewhere in the interview, Browder also spoke about how Sony once tried to show the studio a version of StarCraft II with Move controls. "The demo that I saw was really fun because the guy who came in and showed it to us was a big StarCraft fan, and he put a significant amount of effort into trying to make it work," Browder said. This story might even have a happy ending!

"And when I tried it, I wanted to kill myself." Oh dear. "I found it very difficult to make it work. I believe that if I had practiced as much as he had, I would've enjoyed it more... but for us it felt like it was gonna be a lot more effort to still make that work, to still make that really sing. And for us, control is king, and it's so critical. Everything's gotta move when you tell it to move. It's gotta be really tight. You can't feel like you're battling the interface."

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This is stupid. How would that even work? It would be like playing StarCraft II on an iPad except with an even smaller screen. I can't exactly imagine it at the MLG finals. If something like this was ever to happen it would be like the horror of StarCraft 64 all over again. Yuck.

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Krazylover

See, Diablo WOULD work, Starcraft only has a chance to work on consoles IF keyboard and mouse support was there.
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Posted 17:18 on 25 June 2012
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kuchu098

Why this would be the case is beyond me, unless they figure the pointer can do a better job?
Posted 11:45 on 21 June 2012
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CheekyLee@ MartiniFK

Why is it always ME they quote?
Posted 11:23 on 21 June 2012
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MartiniFK

360 and PS3 both already do support USB mouse and keyboard, whereas Wii only supports keyboards
Posted 09:54 on 21 June 2012
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Endless@ CheekyLee

Which games support mouse usage? Some of the RTS games? C&C maybe? The keyboard is generally only used for typing chat etc though. We need a comfortable keyboard with a tray for the mouse for sofa RTS/MMO/FPS gaming :)
Posted 22:32 on 20 June 2012
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Bloodstorm

See, Diablo WOULD work, Starcraft only has a chance to work on consoles IF keyboard and mouse support was there.

You'd think massive companies like Sony and Microsoft would be doing anything it could to get such a game of high regard on it's formats.
Posted 18:01 on 20 June 2012
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MJTH

If anything I was thinking more along the lines of a Diablo 3 port to Wii U/ consoles from Blizzard. Starcraft 2 is on a whole different level when it comes to the amount of control and precision needed. But then again, if you think about this optimistically, the fact that someone at blizzard even thought it could work is praise in itself...
Posted 16:53 on 20 June 2012
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CheekyLee@ Endless

360 and PS3 both already do support USB mouse and keyboard, whereas Wii only supports keyboards. Why this would be the case is beyond me, unless they figure the pointer can do a better job? (Hint: It can't.)
Posted 14:07 on 20 June 2012
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Endless

Surely we're to a point now where a usb mouse and keyboard ought to become supported as standard? How difficult could that possibly be?
Posted 13:06 on 20 June 2012

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Release Date: 27/07/2010
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Genre: Real-time strategy
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 16+
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