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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Frank Pearce Discusses StarCraft, Diablo, and WarCraft
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VG247 has published a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Senior VP Frank Pearce. The topics discussed covered a range of issues related to Blizzard's current an upcoming franchises including Diablo III, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.

VG247: The release date for Starcraft II is now confirmed at July 27. You must have been happy to finally set that, given the game has been in development since back in 2003.
Frank Pearce: Well, yeah, it has been in some way, shape or form. And probably in earnest since 2005. So it is nice to have that release date set in stone at this early stage – and this really is pretty early for us to announce a street date like that. Almost two months in advance of the street date.

VG247: Which, presumably, suggests that the beta has gone well.
Frank Pearce: Beta’s gone well. We feel that we are comfortable with the content. And that we will be able to deliver an update. It’s nice to give the development team a clear goal – and they feel very confident that they will be able to achieve it. There’s not any ambiguity about what we are trying to do right now.

VG247: WoW seems to have levelled off a little recently, with the number of players hovering around the 11.5 million mark for the last year or two. Do you think this is it now? Has WoW hit its peak in terms of player numbers?
Frank Pearce: No, I don’t think that at all. I mean, you can look at that number and if you look at some of the details around it… In China, for example, we haven’t even launched Wrath of the Lich King yet, and that expansion is already 18-plus months old. They’re still playing The Burning Crusade there, because we’re waiting for approval for Wrath from the appropriate agencies. And once we get that approval and launch Wrath in China then I think we will see growth.
Read the full Q&A at the link below.

VG247: Frank Pearce Interview
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