StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty fans were jubilant yesterday after Blizzard announced that the game had an official launch date of July 27, and now Cowen group analyst Doug Creutz says that StarCraft 2 could potentially sell 5 million units globally in it’s first year of release.
StarCraft, the original which is still being played by a majority in South Korea in the e-sports StarCraft competition, sold 10 million units worldwide in it’s 10 years of availability and Creutz also believes that the figure could easily be caught up, especially with the Chinese online launch sometime in 2011 with distribution partner NetEase.
North America, Europe, and South Korea, the major selling territories will all have a simultaneous releases, and will feature online play through Blizzard’s new online gaming service Battle.net, which is also used for World of Warcraft gamers.
Other new features the game is set to hold are voice communication, cloud-file storage, leagues, leader-boards, ladders, achievements, stat-tracking and a whole lot more.
Blizzard and Activision also plan to release two expansion packs for Wings of Liberty – Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void, both of which are in the works and will focus on the Zerg and Protoss races.
Will you be picking up StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty on release day?