by Joe Morgan
Blizzard Still Planning On Marketplace
Though some players have all but given up hope of being able to publish their maps and mods for fun and profit, Blizzard confirms that the update is still in their plans.
Back at BlizzCon 2009, the Starcraft 2 Marketplace was mentioned and expected to ship with Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Though that is not the case, Frank Pearce confirmed in a recent interview with MTV Multiplayer that it was still a concern they wanted to address.
"We had talked about, at BlizzCon a couple years ago, the concept of a 'StarCraft 2' marketplace, and we haven't launched that yet. And it's something I know is important to me, I know it's important to Mike. But it's not necessarily something we have a specific timeline for, which is unfortunate because one of the things that we've found is, especially from our learnings from 'World of WarCraft,' is that these audiences that play these games are very, very passionate and want to experience lots and lots of content. With the 'StarCraft 2' client and the 'StarCraft 2' map editor and the Battle.net platform, it creates an opportunity for the community to serve itself with content, if the mechanisms are there."
Let's hope Blizzard can deliver on this focus. Maybe we'll even get to see this in time for Diablo III.