A lot of the attention surrounding this yearâ€™s BlizzCon was naturally focused on major announcements such as Diablo Immortal and Hearthstoneâ€™s Rastakhanâ€™s Rumble expansion. However, a little time was set aside for StarCraft II as well, specifically during the â€˜StarCraft II: Whatâ€™s Nextâ€™ panel.
StarCraft II might not be as hot as World of Warcraft or Overwatch right now, but during the Whatâ€™s Next panel Blizzard made sure to let fans know it hasnâ€™t forgotten about the venerable RTS title. In fact, StarCraft II fans have a number of exciting new additions to look forward to in 2019, including a new in-game War Chest, a new Co-op commander, Twitch spectator rewards, and more.
Blizzard is working hard on a fourth in-game War Chest for StarCraft II which includes a collection of new player portraits, unit skins, sprays, emotes, and banners. For the first time ever, players will also get to earn a brand new cosmetic item type: building skins. These skins allow a player to change the look of all the buildings for their chosen faction. Some example building skins include a sleek â€˜Special Forcesâ€™ look for Terran, a glowing red â€˜Forgedâ€™ makeover for Protoss, and a cybernetic â€˜Simulantâ€™ alternative for Zerg.
These new War Chest items will be earnable through gameplay, but theyâ€™ll also be available through the Twitch streaming platform. Players who spectate official StarCraft II e-sports matches using a Twitch account thatâ€™s linked to their Battle.net account can earn War Chest items just for watching. Blizzard hasnâ€™t yet outlined exactly how this system will work but it says more details should be coming soon.