Is the retail price of S$109 for the recently-launched StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty game too expensive? For those who think that it is so, fret not: Blizzard has announced a new, alternative pricing that should appeal to more casual players. The company is releasing a series of prepaid game card options which will allow gamers to pay-as-they-play.
Alternative Pricing Announced for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in Southeast Asia
Blizzard Entertainment to offer prepaid game cards for its popular real-time strategy game
IRVINE, Calif. — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that a range of prepaid game card options for the English version of its record-breaking real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will be available to players in Hong Kong/Macau, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand beginning 18 November, 2010.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty game cards provide an additional, flexible payment option alongside the existing boxed version of StarCraft II, which includes unlimited access for the life of the game. They are available in 3-day, 7-day, and 30-day pass versions, and can be used on the Southeast Asian Battle.net server for StarCraft II single-player and multiplayer play. A DVD starter kit will also be available, allowing players to install the game client quickly and conveniently without the need to download it. The DVD starter kit will contain a 7-day pass along with a guide to creating a Battle.net account and installing the client. Suggested retail prices for the game cards and starter kit in each region are listed below:
|Region||3-day pass||7-day pass||30-day pass||DVD Starter Kit with 7-day pass|
|Hong Kong/Macau||8 HKD||16 HKD||55 HKD||30 HKD|
|Indonesia||10,000 IDR||20,000 IDR||70,000 IDR||35,000 IDR|
|Malaysia||3.50 MYR||7 MYR||25 MYR||12 MYR|
|Philippines||50 PHP||100 PHP||350 PHP||170 PHP|
|Thailand||35 THB||70 THB||250 THB||120 THB|
The prepaid game cards and DVD starter kit will be distributed across Southeast Asia in select Internet gaming cafes, convenience stores, and gaming retail shops. For more information about the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty passes and where to buy them, visit the info page at http://blizzard.iahgames.com.
Launched globally on July 27, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty achieved a day-one sales milestone of more than 1 million copies sold worldwide, making it the bestselling PC game of 2010 within its first 24 hours of availability. The game went on to sell a total of more than 1.5 million copies in its first 48 hours, setting the record for fastest-selling strategy game of all time, and more than 3 million copies in its first month.*
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s 1998 hit StarCraft, which has been hailed by players and critics worldwide as one of the top real-time strategy games of all time. Sporting a vibrant 3D-graphics engine, StarCraft II once again centers on the clash between the protoss, terrans, and zerg, with each side deploying legions of veteran, upgraded, and new unit types. Unparalleled online play for StarCraft II is available through a new version of Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s world-renowned gaming service. Battle.net has been redesigned from the ground up to be the premier online gaming destination for Blizzard gamers, with several enhancements and new features, such as voice communication, cloud file storage, leagues and ladders, achievements, stat-tracking, and more.
For more information on StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, visit the official website at http://sea.battle.net/sc2.
*Based on internal company records, public data, and/or reports from key distribution partners.