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StarCraft Universe MMO mod launching through Battle.net

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The creators of StarCraft Universe, a massively multiplayer online-styled mod for StarCraft 2, have launched the game's prologue to instruct and introduce players to its single-player gameplay.

The mod, which requires a copy of StarCraft 2 to play, has been in development for two years. StarCraft Universe takes place 11 years after the "Utter Darkness" scenario in StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty as part of an alternate timeline. The video above goes more in-depth with the mod's premise. According to the video's description, StarCraft Universe is a "vision of how the universe may have been for any survivors of the hybrid onslaught which ensued, had Kerrigan died."

The mod will include eight different classes and character customization. According to its FAQ page, StarCraft Universe was created with the intention of recreating a multiplayer raid battle experience similar to those in World of Warcraft. The mod will eventually include up to five players in a single instance, as well as new monsters, bosses, characters and more. For now, however, the team will continue to release content slowly.

"If you're curious why we're only releasing the single-player content, it's because we need to release this project slowly to ensure all of our core systems work properly," the video description reads. "This project is a massive undertaking, which completely alters the way the SC2 engine operates, and we're a very small team without a big QA department. You guys will be our quality assurance!"

StarCraft Universe will be released through Battle.net as a series of custom maps.