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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Hits Shelves in July

If you’ve been following news on the sequel to one of the greatest real-time strategy games of all time, then you’ll be happy to know that Blizzard has gone and set an official release date for when you can pick up the first of the three StarCraft II titles, Wings of Liberty.  What began with an estimated release aimed sometime towards the end of 2009 has seen its fair share of delays, though never setting a date in stone.

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Though you can now preorder the game from Amazon or GameStop bundled with a beta key today, the game will store shelves on July 27th.  July 27th will be the worldwide release date so if you’re overseas you won’t be left waiting.  The standard Wings of Liberty game will run you $59 while the Collector’s Edition carries an $100 price tag. Here’s what the extra $40 gets you:

  • The Art of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, a 176-page book featuring artwork from the game.
  • An exclusive 2GB USB flash drive replica of Jim Raynor’s dog tag, which comes preloaded with the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion set.
  • A behind-the-scenes DVD containing over an hour of developer interviews, cinematics with director’s commentary, and more.
  • The official StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty soundtrack CD, containing 14 epic tracks from the game along with exclusive bonus tracks.
  • StarCraft comic book issue #0, a prequel to the comic series.
  • A World of Warcraft mini Thor in-game pet that can be applied to all World of Warcraft characters on a single Battle.net account.
  • Exclusive Battle.net downloadable content, including special portraits for your Battle.net profile, decals to customize your units in-game, and a visually unique version of the Terran Thor unit.

Blizzard isn’t too keen on announcing release dates until they know they’re able to meet them.  So mark that date in your calendars, take a few days off work, and annihilate some Zerg scum.  Which edition are you buying?  Let us know in the comments.