Gamespot has reported that a financial news service has reported that a Chinese magazine has reported that anonymous industry insiders have reported that Netease.com is reportedly on track to gain a license to operate online games, with one of the first ones being Starcraft Online.
(There’s nothing like “Six Degrees of MMO News Seperation” to make the day seem full of puppy dogs and rainbows, is there?)
Blizzard has previously announced that work on Starcraft II, a non-MMO sequel to Starcraft, is already in the works. Blizzard has also announced that they’re working on a new MMORPG project, with the subject also unannounced (I’m still hoping for Zak McKraken Online). Could this actually be the case? Is Blizzard farming out a Starcraft II MMO to a Chinese company best known for “Fly for Fun”?
Quickly Robin! To the Rumormobile!
“Our focus right now is on continuing development of Starcraft II and working our way toward beta,” a Blizzard rep told GameSpot. “We haven’t announced plans for anything called Starcraft Online, and we prefer not to address rumors or speculate on business operations that haven’t been determined yet.”
While I think it’s possible that an MMO treatment of Starcraft is a distinct possibility, and if it happens, there’s a very good possibility that Blizzard will hand out operating licenses to an Asian company or two (as they did with World of Warcraft, giving Chinese ISP “The 9″ the license for China)…however, I just don’t think this “leak” is any reason to start camping the front of the electronics store just yet. But you have to figure…sooner or later, Starcraft:The MMORPG will happen.