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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
 

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Dustin Browder Disccuses StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
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GameAxis has posted a new interview with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty designer Dustin Browder. The game developer discussed a variety of topics in the interview including multiplayer balance, future tournaments, and plans for the first expansion: Heart of the Swarm.

Q. What about Lurkers? Will we see them ever again?

Well certainly Lurkers will probably be in the solo campaign. Uhm. No guarantees.

But whether we put them in multi, it really depends on a number of factors.

The reason we pulled the Lurker from multi was that they were simply just werenít useful at the end of the day. Like, the reality was that so many units had taken over his combat role as we went forward Ė infesters, roaches and banelings all were doing things better than the Lurker was doing at the time and we found that we just werenít building them in games really all that much

We were so in love with the unit that we kept it way past its prime like it was sitting way at the very end of the tech tree. It was like an artillery unit now and it was doing all this crazy stuff and it was not really even a Lurker anymore.

It didnít really make sense but thatís what the unit had become and it was just a desperate attempt to hold on to it and as we looked at it this was not a unit the game needed. The Lurker was not actually doing what it used to do and the game had changed too much for this unit to have the same core role.

I do know there was a big outcry from certain players; not specifically for that unit although theyíll sometimes say that. Although the outcry Iíve heard is that they wish they had more ways to use cloak or burrow specifically as a threat to enemies and they feel they have lost that with the Lurke. I think that is a fair feedback from our players that is something we will definitely look to address in the expansion.

Check out the page below to read the full interview.

GameAxis: StarCraft II Interview
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