Ever since StarCraft 2 was first released, it feels like StarCraft Universe has been under development. If you've never heard of it before, it's basically one of the most ambitious mods you'll ever see with the StarCraft engine.
It started as StarCraft-themed MMO, built from the ground up using the StarCraft 2 editor. It's now more of an RPG, and it's taken around four years to build. But it's ready, and you can play it today.
StarCraft Universe was first called "World of StarCraft". It was a simple prototype, the brainchild of two developers.
But then it grew into something bigger. The development team expanded. The prototype grew into a much more ambitious mod that was billed as a StarCraft MMO. And then Blizzard's lawyers got involved.
As so often happens, however, Blizzard gave the project its blessing. A Kickstarter campaign raised more than $110,000, and after much toil and effort, the open beta for StarCraft Universe is finally out to all and sundry.
They've even put together a flashy CG trailer that looks pretty authentic, as far as Blizzard cinematics go.
Not a bad effort. As for the gameplay itself, here's what the moment-to-moment action looks like.
It certainly isn't the MMO that the creators were originally hoping to make from the outset, but it's still a bloody big RPG. The StarCraft Universe open beta can be found in the Arcade tab within StarCraft 2's UI, and you can find the game by searching for "SC Universe". For those that don't own SC2, you can still play the fan-made RPG with the free-to-play Starter Edition.