In a post on the Battle.net forums, Blizzard today announced that the release for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has been pushed back to the first half of next year. The overhaul of the Battle.net system, which will be the only multiplayer option, is taking far longer than Blizzard had anticipated.
Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will take longer than expected to prepare the new Battle.net for the launch of the game. The upgraded Battle.net is an integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward. This extra development time will be critical to help us realize our vision for the service.
Our mission is to develop games that deliver an epic entertainment experience. As part of that commitment, we will always take as much time as needed to ensure that our games and services meet the expectations of our players and the standard for quality that we set for ourselves as developers. As we work to make Battle.net the premier online gaming destination, we’ll also continue to polish and refine StarCraft II, and we look forward to delivering a real-time strategy gaming experience worthy of the series’ legacy in the first half of 2010.
Perhaps Blizzard should just scrap the Battle.net idea, and let fans have the LAN option that they want. Feel free to chime in on your thoughts concerning the absence of LAN multiplayer in our forums.