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StarCraft: Ghost may one day release, suggests Blizzard designer

"On hold" action spin-off 'was never cancelled'

A senior Blizzard designer has offered suggestion that shelved PS2 action game StarCraft: Ghost could one day be released.

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Way back in 2002 the ill-fated spin-off was pitched as a stealth-action and third-person shooter hybrid for consoles. However, after being perpetually delayed Blizzard eventually announced it had been put on "indefinite hold" in 2006.

Now speaking to OPM, Diablo 3 senior designer Matthew Burger claimed that the spin-off title had "never been cancelled" outright, adding: "It's on hold."

Asked directly if the title will ever be released, Burger replied simply: "Maybe."

The common thread between Ghost and StarCraft 2 is Nova, an operative that was to be the protagonist of the console game. She appeared briefly in the main game before making another appearance in the expansion.

Speaking last summer, StarCraft 2 lead Dustin Browder said that Nova's appearance in the recent RTS release wasn't indication of a renewed interest in Ghost.

He did, however, leave the carrot dangling on the stick:

"It doesn't mean that in two years from now, we won't have those meetings, the team won't be formed, but there is literally nothing happening around that game right now that would indicate that there's any likelihood that it will happen," he said in June.

"It's just as likely we'll do that again as Lost Vikings 3 or whatever. There's just no guarantees one way or the other, but nothing is happening.

"We are super huge fans of consoles. We love console gaming as players," Browder added. "I wasn't really party to [the decision to put Ghost on hold] but I know it was a difficult decision."

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