I come from the far away land called Europe, and have commenced this thread here on the U.S. section for three distinct reasons.
1. The one in Europe was completely derailed by a handful of trolls.
2. I believe it may see more light when presented closer to Blizzard Entertainment's heart of the community.
3. The impressions I get from discussion on this thread will help me gauge whether I want to stay to continue discussions on both my home turf and here in the New World.
The topic of this thread, as one could guess, is the Legacy of the Void expansion.
We all know that HotS and Wings were centered around central conflicts that deviated from the now established Amon-Hybrid plot. Some may debate on whether or not the central conflicts of those were the plot-heavy "Rebellion + Deinfest Kerrigan" and "Defeat Mengsk" conflicts, or whether they were the "Tychus Raynor" and "Kerrigan and Swarm" theme-heavy conflicts. Regardless, we're drawing to a point where the Amon-Hybrid plot HAS to be our main central conflict.
Let me now outline why this will have negative consequences, whether you're an educated literaturoved such as myself, a shameless whiner, or anything in between.
For those who didn't like the story of HotS or WoL, which moments were arguably the WORST in your opinion? I know a lot of people still complain about the deal with Mengsk and Tychus. But when disregarding that, the worst moments were probably in the Zeratul subplot.
Kerrigan is the saveour of all mankind? Overmind is courageous? Prophecy? This all sounds like fantasy-filled ham, doesn't it?
Let's review some evidence:
The Prophecy cinematic is often hated because we see the Queen of Blades, aloof and hammy after 4 years of isolation, exchange dialogue with Zeratul, a self-exiled mad prophet.
Things came to their worst when Tassadar showed up, called the Overmind courageus, and showed a vision of the future. Yeah. Kindregan literally answered his Q&A on this by saying "That wasn't a vision, it was an educated guess, and Tassadar just got a short version of the script."
Now moving on to HotS.
It's Mortal Kombat time! Zeratul shows up and shouts "Doom!", Kerrigan enters and says "Zeratul..." and it's "Round 1, Fight!" Because Zeratul doesn't realise he's walked into Scorpion's Lair, he gets kicked about the arena for several minutes until remembering that he came here to tell Kerrigan about Zerus.
The worst - albeit noticeably not as bad as Wings, which had a whole Protoss campaign - happens in the Kerrigan and Narud fight. Once again, it's MK time... or is it Dragon Ball Z? Anyway, Super Sayan Kerrigan faces of with Shang Tsung, who first morphs as Raynor but opens with a chandelier throw. Kerrigan attacks Shang Tsung, he morphs into SC1 Rebell Yell Kerrigan and does his x-ray move. But Kerrigan counters with a fatality.
I think what I'm trying to say is, be afraid. There's a LOT of this stuff coming in LotV. If you can't get caught up in the epicness of the action, you're gonna be angry.
Here's the perspective of the fan, though.
Wings and Heart both revolved around their own respective themes, with Wings being primarily about choice and the consequence of accepting it as your true moral - Tychus and Raynor made their choices and they were both right in doing so, which is what made the final moment so powerful. HotS is respectively about the capacity of emotion of a single individual being limited. Could Kerrigan really love Raynor and hate Mengsk at the same time?
But let's look at LotV. It would be DISTRACTING to have a different central conflict than that between Amon and the Korprulu sector at this point.
We can't spend the game worrying about Zeratul's... whatever his core characteristic may be. So we'll end up with a much shallower plot-by-plot story.
In conclusion, my prediction - and it's not really positive this time - is that Legacy of the Void will feuture a fantasy-esque plot-by-plot story that neither the fan of the last two, nor the hater of the last two, will really enjoy.
However, the main issue is this - as creative as the Blizz team are, this situation may be inevitable. But if there's even a Spark of Hope that it can be avoided, I urge the authors of LotV to make the necessary changes for this last bit of the Starcraft 2 saga to be just as epic as the last two.
Lastly, I apologise if some of this may sound like alien sentiments that are not very well representative amongst your branch of the community. However, judging by the topics discussed in Kindregan's Q&A's, I'm not entirely far off in assuming that these polarities exist on both shores of the Atlantic Ocean, yes? Anyway, let me know what you think.