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01/04/2013 02:41 PMPosted by WaylanderHotS sales will be a good indication of whether the SC franchise will survive.
Many people will probably buy Wings with Swarm since Blizzard usually really goes all out with promotions when their games actually are released. Moreover, more people watch StarCraft than actually play it which contrasts Dota 2 and LoL. Games are naturally more popular at release since it is new content, a new game. There is a pretty big casual crowd that just plays for the campaign and custom games. Blizzard is trying to change that and make it less intimidating with the Training and VS A.I. modes for multiplayer.
Sales degrade the older a game is. Many players quit playing but on the occasion. It isn't getting pimped out like LoL, and StarCraft doesn't match either in terms of prize money, whereas StarCraft is also 1v1 on the competitive circuit. The frequent updates are also helping LoL, in particular. The more new crap constantly coming out, the more attention you will get.
Blizzard is more humble about what they release. They generally take their time to put anything out, but at least it is high quality things which are ultra polished. The StarCraft development is the most seasoned and their best. Sure, they didn't have a lot to do for a few years thanks to WoW, but it is the most veteran team, and always delivers quality products greater than the WoW or D3 development teams. The Titan development team is another story, we will have to wait and see.
StarCraft is fine. I thought we cleared away the StarCraft doomsayers a month or so ago. So it is maturing slowly, it has the edge in long-term appeal. LoL is going to cease to be a trend eventually when Riot can no longer throw more crap at it, Dota will survive and another quality game will replace LoL. Honestly, I dislike how Riot is just throwing money and wonky updates all the time, it makes them seem desperate.
Note: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty sold about 4.5 in its first month excluding the fact it was the game that was pirated the most and the fastest at the time. Like 2.3 million or so copies were pirated. Hell, it won a record for being pirated that swiftly.
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