What StarCraft II and the Korean War have in common

Blizzard Entertainment has just announced that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will release on July 27, 2010 in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The game will pick up where StarCraft: Brood War left off - over 10 years ago - and will follow the story of Jim Raynor in the 29-mission singleplayer campaign.

So what does StarCraft II have in common with the Korean War? July 27, 2010 is an interesting date to choose for the highly anticipated release. On July 27, 1953 the United States, the People’s Republic of China, and North Korea signed an armistice agreement. We’re sure that it’s just a coincidence. But considering how popular StarCraft is in South Korea, we think it’s a pretty interesting one.

You can find some nice pictures of the extra goodies that will be included in the collector’s edition of StarCraft II here and some screenshots from the multiplayer beta that hint at the Terran characters who may appear in the singleplayer campaign here.

May 3, 2010


  • it_burns - May 4, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    This is probably the most informative and educational comment threads I've come across in a while. I teach English to Korean students, so it's not uncommon to have this topic brought up once in a while. It's quite a divisive one for them, that, I can safely say.
  • devinejoh - May 4, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    north korea pulled out of the armistace on may 29th, 2009, NK and SK+US are now at a de facto state of war, even though there has been no major combat
  • MaynardJ - May 4, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    Finally!!! I should go buy part 1 including Brood War and pick it up where I dropped it in... 1997? I finished the Terran and Zerg campaigns but after that I got stuck on a mission that put me up against another Protoss faction that used these big tank-like caterpillars against my base. The game, as far as I got with it, was unforgettable. The Zerg rush on the third Terran mission and the hatching of the Chrysalis are forever in my mind.
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - May 4, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    @cwf2008 Of course, you're right. The signing of the armistice only marked an agreement to halt hostilities so that peace talks go begin. Interestingly enough, the president of South Korea never signed the armistice. Unfortunately, I cannot correct the misinformation in the text above due to technical issues at the moment. What an embarrassing mistake.
  • Cwf2008 - May 4, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    Erm...technically the Korean War never ended...its still going on to this day. They simply signed a cease fire, saying they would quit shooting at each other. But they are techcnially at war still
  • Spooge10 - May 3, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    OMG Official release date!
  • CommandoDS - May 3, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    I can’t wait for this! And interesting fact about the Korean War.
  • CurryIsGood - May 3, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    They will celebrate the end of the war and release of starcraft
  • saltyceadog - May 3, 2010 10:34 p.m.

  • KasamSheer - May 3, 2010 10:30 p.m.

    Cant wait for this game!
  • DRAKULAxx - May 3, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    Yes! Yes!

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