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In this episode we take a look at the sacrifices that were made during the development of StarCraft II, for eSports, some Heart of the Swarm release date news, NASL, GSL & TSL Updates, PonyCraft II, some Day[9] stand-up comedy, art updates & More!

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Yesterday it was announced that Nintendo’s RPG Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies was going to be released on July 23 in the EU, with it came this really cool looking trailer! Dragon Quest IX was released in Japan in July last year for the DS and is doing extremely well, having sold over 4 million copies already. See the cinematic trailer below.

In this latest edition players can create their own heroes and customise their appearance fully, finding clothes, armour, weapons and other items along their journey.

As the story unfolds, players become stronger, smarter and more powerful, and can customize companions who join their group.

You’ll also be able to team up with three friends via a local wireless connection, challenging monsters and dungeons cooperatively, and more downloadable quests will be made available after release.
via CVG

I really, really need to get my hands on a DS, this is only making that even more apparent. I am still sticking to my guns and saying that I will get one when the new 3DS handhelds release. The list of games I want to play is just growing longer and longer and my funds are getting less and less at the same time. (Weirdly, quite a few of the games I want to play are on Nintendo consoles.) I have never really been able to play any of the other Dragon Quest games, but looking at this trailer and the tons of screenshots of the game, I seem to have been missing out! The game seems to be that classic style of turn-based RPG, but what differs in this is that you actually get to make your own character (And the rest of your party, male or female) and play through the as ‘yourself’ not some predetermined hero.

Screenshot via IGN

Dragon Quest IX marks several firsts for the main series: it is the first to be initially launched for a handheld system; first to have no random encounters (except when sailing); and the first to be designed primarily with the intent of being a multiplayer video game. In addition, it is the first Dragon Quest title to use a graphical menu system in the Japanese-language version. Dragon Quest IX was designed to be more difficult than any previous game in the series, including spinoff titles

The most exciting looking part of this game to me, would definitely be the multiplayer options. The game allows players to have a cooperative wireless multiplayer experience with up to four players. There are so few good multiplayer (co-op or not) RPG’s coming out nowadays, all we are seeing is an endless stream of MMO’s, this one will definitely be a welcome addition to the seemingly dying breed. Like I said before, seems like the time to get a DS is fast approaching!

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Thanks to our beta testers, we’re making great progress on the final stages of development, and we’ll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net in just a few months,”
Says Mike Morhaime.

That was unexpected! After many years of waiting, Blizzard has finally decided to name the day Stacraft 2: Wings of Liberty will arrive in shops. That day is July 27. Funny thing is, for the first time, after all this waiting, it actually feels like it’s nearly here. One thing I can say is that these long waits really make a person appreciate the Blizzard releases that much more. Unfortunately, Blizzard won’t be offering the game directly to consumers through its website until ‘shortly after retail launch’. That is definitely not a problem for me, as I’ve already set my sights on the Collectors Edition. (Now to find somewhere in South Africa that’s gonna get it!) 

STARCRAFT® II: WINGS OF LIBERTY™ IN STORES STARTING JULY 27
IRVINE, Calif. – May 3, 2010 – Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that its highly anticipated real-time strategy game, StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™, will arrive in stores throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau starting on July 27, 2010. Players will also be able to purchase StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty directly from Blizzard Entertainment shortly after the retail launch.

For those that didn’t know StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty is the first in a trilogy of StarCraft 2 releases. This first installment focuses on the Terran side of the war, while the following two games will cover the Zerg (Heart of the Swarm) and Protoss. (Legacy of the Void) The release date for those games is currently unknown, but shouldn’t be too long off.

News via Activision, Blizzard

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