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StarCraft II: Making The Game Accessible To Casual Players
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

MTV Multiplayer has posted a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Chris Sigaty, lead producer for the upcoming StarCraft II. This time MTV focuses on Sigaty's comments about the difficulty level first time players face when playing an RTS like StarCraft. In addition to pleasing hardcore real time strategy fans Blizzard is hoping to make the game accessible to casual players.

“It’s definitely a very challenging tight rope walk,” he said of trying to make the game for both e-sports players and a broader audience. “We’ve trying to make sure that it’s perfectly balanced for e-sport, but look — I’m going to try to get my mom to play this game. I mean, I know she can’t [micromanage] at the level that these pro gamers can, so we’re actually experimenting back in the opposite direction… so that even the layman can come in and get a grasp of these cool things in the game.”

Sigaty explained that “StarCraft II” is in its alpha stage and is being tested by two former pro gamers on staff as well as pros at the conventions. However, his mom hasn’t gotten to try the game yet. But he said, without going into specifics, that they’re trying different things for more casual players.

“[Real-time strategy games] at this level — there’s a lot more there to think about and it gets really frantic really fast, and so it’s definitely off-putting to somebody that’s totally new to video games,” he said. “But we want to make it much easier for people to explore whether it would interest them.”
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