Better grab a friend who likes Zerg as much as you do.
Fans learned at Blizzcon on Friday that StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void, the upcoming expansion pack to the series, will feature a multiplayer “Archon mode”. Two players will be able to control the same side and work together to beat their opponents, in what amounts to a 2×2 matchup with two shared teams.
News about Archon disseminated from Blizzcon attendees via Twitter and Instagram throughout the day.
There will also be no restrictions in terms of units or actions either player can take. Austrailan gamer @inFeZa was present at Blizzcon when Archon was introduced:
Archon mode means you both control everything. No set people for micro and macro. Have to coordinate that yourself
— Phil Bertino (@inFeZa) November 7, 2014
Attendee Alexandre Verrier explained that Archon Mode was also available for demo at the event:
Got to play it in Archon mode with @inFeZa (2 players as the same race) and had a blast blowing up mineral lines with the disruptor 🙂
— Alexandre Verrier (@FunKaStarcraft) November 7, 2014
StarCraft 2 continues to lag behind in user growth versus competitors like League of Legends and Hearthstone. Friday’s Twitch stream for the StarCraft Global Finals hovered between 48,000 and 55,000 viewers, far behind the concurrent Hearthstone World Championship’s 97,000 viewers. Blizzard likely hopes innovations in SC2 gameplay combined with the new Protoss campaign will attract new players to make up for those it has lost in the last few years.
While StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void still doesn’t have a release date, Blizzard now has a beta sign-up page on the game’s website.