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Watch StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void's BlizzCon hype trailer

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Blizzard revealed new details for the third chapter in the StarCraft 2 trilogy, the Protoss-focused Legacy of the Void, at BlizzCon today, including a new trailer that sets up the game's concluding episode.

While the single-player campaign trailer featured in the video above may require some knowledge of what happened in the previous two games, Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm, those who want to play Legacy of the Void don't need to actually own the original StarCraft 2 or its first expansion. Legacy of the Void is not an expansion, Blizzard said today, but a stand-alone product.

Legacy of the Void will see the addition of a handful of new and returning units, including the Zerg's Ravager and Lurker, the Terran's HERC and Cyclone and the Protoss' Disruptor.

Zerg Ravagers are anti-Protoss units that can break through force fields with a corrosive bile attack, but Blizzard says the attack requires some amount of player skill to actually pull off. The returning Lurker gives the Zerg a new siege and harassment option in StarCraft 2, as well as new defensive abilities.

Terran HERCs are designed to counter Zerglings and Banelings, and are effective against most Protoss ground units, Blizzard says. The Cyclone is another skill-dependent unit, requiring some micromanagement to maintain the proper distance when using its lock-on ability.

The Protoss get a new splash damage unit with the Disruptor. It too requires some player movement skills and smart positioning.

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void will add two new gameplay modes to the game. Archon Mode allows two players to share control of a single base and army in multiplayer for cooperative strategies. In Allied Commanders, another cooperative mode, players assume the role of commanders from the StarCraft franchise, tackling scenarios and leveling up their heroes.

The third and final StarCraft 2 game is coming to PC at an unspecified date.