The StarCraft 2 story arc is finally drawing to close, after five years since the original portion of the game was first set loose on to the masses.
The game’s third and final expansion, Legacy of the Void, is now open for pre-purchasing of digital versions of the game. Physical pre-orders will be coming shortly.
(In case you missed it, we dove in to the beta of Legacy of the Void shortly after it went live. Check out some of the initial changes here and here!)
Should you decide to plonk down your cash early, Blizzard are rewarding you with the usual goodies it offers with pre-purchases of the digital deluxe edition, along with some special extras for those who pre-order either the standard or deluxe edition.
Before I dive into sharing the goodies available, there’s one important thing that should be noted.
Whilst Legacy of the Void is an expansion to the rest of StarCraft 2, it can be played as a standalone game. This means that you do not need to own the previous expansions in order to jump in with Legacy of the Void. Handy then, if you wanna jump in and tear up some Zerglings.
Right, on to the goodies!
First up, any purchase or pre-purchase of any edition of the game will unlock a to-be-announced StarCraft Warrior Class Hero for Blizzard’s free-to-play Team Brawler Heroes of the Storm. Pre-purchasers will also unlock access to a prologue of the campaign, titled “Whispers of the Oblivion”. Here’s the trailer for it:
For those who pre-purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition, you will also receive the following:
For StarCraft 2, you’ll get exclusive portraits and a unit skin:
For use in World of Warcraft, you’ll get a Probe pet, as well as a Protoss Transmog for Diablo III and a themed card back for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
Finally, there’s an added extra for Heroes of the Storm, in the form of a Void Seeker mount:
If you fancy yourself the Physical Collector’s Edition of the game, then you’ll also get the aforementioned digital goodies as well as some physical extras to go alongside them. In addition, the physical box will also contain special edition of the upcoming full-colour hardcover StarCraft Field Manual (retail edition SRP Â£30); a DVD loaded with cinematics and special features; and a CD soundtrack.
Here’s a trailer concerning that Field Manual:
Suggested retail prices from Blizzard are at Â£29.99 for the Standard Edition, Â£44.99 for the Digital Deluxe Edition and Â£59.99 for the physical Collector’s Edition. UK retailers are to-be-confirmed, although I’d keep an eye on the usual crowds.
Whew, that’s a lot of stuff to cover! As yet, we don’t know an exact release date, with Blizzard penning Winter 2015/2016 as the approximate release date for Legacy of the Void.
As a proud Protoss player myself, I’ll be keeping my ears to the ground for any further news on this one and will as always keep you informed as soon as we know more.