You are Hierarch Artanis, leader of the mighty protoss race. Years ago, your homeworld of Aiur fell to the merciless zerg Swarm. Now, at long last, you have raised a powerful fleet of warships known as the Golden Armada, and are poised to reclaim your world. But an ancient evil — Amon — threatens this destiny and the fate of the entire galaxy. Only you can reunite the protoss factions and defeat the coming darkness before it consumes all life in the sector.

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Two new maps added to StarCraft II’s Premium Arcade.

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Blizzard has announced that StarCraft II’s latest 4.3.0 patch will include two new maps created by community members. Those maps will be part of the Premium Arcade, which means they will cost money to purchase and play on. Blizzard states that the developer has been working with these community mappers for the past year, and that when the maps are purchased, “a share of the sales will go directly to the developers who made them.”

Blizzard goes on to say:

“We’re excited to introduce these two community-crafted experiences—we’ve been working with the creators to bring their projects to the community, and we think they’re epic examples of what Arcade developers are capable of.”

These new premium maps are ARK Star, created by Daniel “Pirate” Altman, and Direct Strike, created by “Tya”. Both maps will cost US$4.99 to purchase. Blizzard has not stated exactly what percentage a share of each purchase will find its way to these mappers.

More information about each map follows:


ARK Star

This interstellar adventure follows the Sol Seekers, an elite team of templar on a mission to find and destroy a mysterious weapon known as the ARK Star. Discover and craft new equipment to strengthen your squad, level up and unlock new talents and abilities to customize your play style, and bring the wrath of the templar onto your foes!


Direct Strike

For those unfamiliar with the original, Direct Strike pits players against each other in a tactical “tug of war.” Build units to spawn into your staging area, and send them out in waves to assault the enemy base.

Direct Strike will replace Desert Strike HotS in the Arcade, but everything you know and love will still be available in the free version—on top of additional commander modes. Upgrade to the premium version to play four all-new game modes, including Sabotage, which conceals players’ staging areas and allows for unit bans, and Switch mode, where players can change their race mid-game. You’ll also get access to cosmetics to customize your staging area and add some flair to your workers. And if you host a lobby with your favorite premium game mode, anyone playing the free standard edition of Direct Strike can join in on the fun.


This is the first instance of paid user-created content coming to StarCraft II, following in line with similar efforts such as Bethesda’s Creation Club. This will no doubt cause some tension amongst the mod community, and it also has the potential to split the player base between those who own these maps, and those two don’t. However, it’s also another chance for dedicated mappers to be directly rewarded for their efforts, and to have their work played by exponentially more people as it can be integrated directly into the base game.

What do you think about this move from Blizzard? Is $4.99 worth the price for an individual map? How do you think this new initiative will affect StarCraft II’s mod community? Let us know in the comments below.

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cafrank95
cafrank95

payed mods didn't work out for Bethesda, but its blizzard.

side note. after a year blizzard still wont talk to me after giving me a 25year ban for having my account hacked.

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Guest
Guest

Honestly screw blizzard, tired of their crap.

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AK-SteelKiller
AK-SteelKiller

player made maps falls under mods which we all know what went down over them wanting to charge us for mods. the same with this. no way i'm paying for player made content. AKA "Mods" and OMG people $4.99 for a map WTH

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Guest
Guest

5$ for a map
for a crappy map
have they lost their mind

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dwarfgold64
dwarfgold64

Looks fun, will probably buy the pack to play with my friends. I Doubt these will split the community but I cannot tell for similar things coming in the future.

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Perriry
Perriry

Daily reminder that Valve and Bethesda started this.

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HangPhyr
HangPhyr

Starcraft 2's mapping scene was already pretty poor, especially compared to Starcraft 1 and Warcraft 3. Actiblizzard would have been wiser to improve the editor and improve the map download/selection interface instead.

I'm betting they're plotting in the board room now how they can start selling maps in loot boxes.

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Detestt
Detestt

If Blizzard gets a cut, then Activision also gets a cut. Not much left for the map creator now is there?

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Vuud
Vuud

Be mad at ActiBlizzard, but remember these map makers are the ones who sold out for a few shekels.

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Lateralus10k
Lateralus10k

As if this Hole couldn't be dug deeper...

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Oaks
Oaks

I beg your pardon..
Paid maps? With no any new coop commander, announcers, skins, emoji, anything whatsoever?
Why should we pay for Tya's work on Direct Strike, when you can play his Desert Strike for free?
If Blizzard wants to..reward talented modders, then go reward them by yourself, Blizzard.
5 euro/usd for 2 map mods for everyone? Srsly?
And Blizzard, your patches all the way from 3.18 or even before that ******* sucks!
Blizzard, you are going full EA..
Never go full EA.

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Pe†eR-KuN
Pe†eR-KuN

Thank GOD, Valve took Dota 2 from them.

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foo_jam2002
foo_jam2002

Why is this article even here? Paid mods? Here?

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Nimostar
Nimostar

Moddb is as sold as Blizzard.

Probably Blizzard even paid for this, as it was featured on the page and newslaterr as "AH, COOL".

Huh.

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