Prepurchases have officially begun for Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, Blizzard have announced today through an official press release.
Prepurchases for the upcoming Real Time Strategy game are available at Battle.net, with the Standard Edition for $39.99 USD (around $60 NZD) and Deluxe Edition for $59.99 USD (approximately $92 NZD). The Deluxe Edition will feature the following bonuses, which will be available when Legacy of the Void releases:
Archon battle pet ready to join your side in World of Warcraft®
Void Seeker mount to charge through the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm
Protoss card back to demonstrate your psionic potential in Hearthstone®
Protoss-themed portraits and unit skin for StarCraft II
To reward those who pre-order the game, which is set to end the Starcraft II trilogy, players will receive not only beta access to the game but also the three mission Whispers of Oblivion prologue, announced at this year’s E3. While the prologue missions are Battle.net exclusive, beta access can be acquired by pre-ordering at participating retailers, though there is no word exactly which retailers this is available through.
Whispers of Oblivion is set to feature the legendary Dark Templar Zeratul, with events taking place over the three missions leading into the events of Legacy of the Void.
Of the announcement, Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime said the following:
With Legacy of the Void, we’re giving some of Blizzard’s most iconic characters an unforgettable sendoff and delivering the climactic StarCraft finale players deserve. At the same time, we’re excited to bring StarCraft II multiplayer into a whole new era with a host of major new gameplay modes and enhancements—we can’t wait to see what the future holds for StarCraft II competition.
In addition to this announcement, Blizzard have also announced the previous Starcraft II expansion, Heart of the Swarm, is now available for standalone download.
Legacy of the Void is set for release in New Zealand by Summer 2015.