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The State Of Blizzard's Union
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment's Frank Pearce and Chris Sigaty were recently interviewed by Gamasutra, the resulting article offering a lengthy look at World of Warcraft and StarCraft II. The Q&A covers a variety of other topics as well, including possible future projects, but falls short of revealing any new information about the game Blizzard's third development team is currently creating.

Do you think there will be a need for a World of Warcraft II? Or will it just be expansions for a long time?
FP: The game's only been out for about 2 1/2 years. So I think for the foreseeable future it’s going to be expansions as it relates to World of Warcraft. We haven’t even thought about the idea of a World of Warcraft II. I mean, we are all really invested in the game ourselves as well, we’re part of the community, we play the game. And we love it and we want to make sure that it has a long lifespan.

What would necessitate a sequel?
FP: What would necessitate a sequel? For us as gamers, we are making the games we want to play. So it would really be about the dev team, and if they said ‘OK, we just can't do what we want to do in regards to the Warcraft intellectual property with the current structure’. It would have to be a situation where we said: 'This is what we want applied to what we want to do, and we can't do it on the current framework’.

How long do you think original Starcraft is going to keep going when Starcraft 2 comes out?
CS: You know, for us, we’re definitely not trying to remove the Starcraft original players out of the mix. We believe that people will want to move over and play, but we’re certainly not trying to eliminate anybody. It's a totally different game. It's a lot of the same magic, gameplay-wise: fun gameplay. So I think they can co-exist. I won't know; this is just for me guessing of course, how many people are going to move over.
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Gamasutra: The State Of Blizzard's Union
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