Back around the time StarCraft 2 came out, a lot of people were hoping for a StarCraft version of World of Warcraft. Well of course, a modder has been working on just that. You can watch the pre-alpha tralier here. Watch the video quickly, though. Blizzard has sent a cease and desist letter to Youtube to remove the video. They did not, however, tell the modder to stop. He posted letter to Blizzard on the unofficial World of Starcraft forums, and as of now it seems like Blizzard is listening. This man is doing some amazing things, and I hope that Blizzard will let him do his thing, and maybe even help him with this project. Below is the letter.
Thankyou for coming all this way in your nice suit to my crummy forum. I'm guessing you're a little upset with me right now, or maybe you're happy. I don't know.
You created a tool that allowed us to do anything with your assets. You encouraged us to use your assets and were eager to see what we might come up with. You had to have seen this coming?
I know it's hard to trust someone you've never met to piggyback on your own legacy. The brilliance of Starcraft combined with the multiplayer focus of World of Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. You might be a little worried about your lore being butchered... or even more-so worried about a guy with no supervision tainting the name of your company with poor product.
Let me assure you that I am in no way shape or form going to deliver anything less than complete perfection[edit: close to perfection]. I've been following your work since Warcraft. I've worked with every editor you've put out since I was 13 years old.
I'm 25 now and I've never made a single penny from any of my artwork. I exist only to entertain people and make this world we live in a more colorful and exciting place. I'm not even a programmer. I hate programming. I'm a charcoal artist.
But ever since I was very young it has always been my dream in life to create an epic game for people to enjoy. I'm just trying to finally get my name out there and show people what I can do.
This market is so oversaturated right now and you guys get thousands of applicants every month. Most guys who do get a job working in video games right now are driven like slaves working with little creative control. But you know what... I'm a virgin in the industry. Because my talent has never tasted a penny, I remember the core of gaming. I remember the heart of gaming, and I know what people love.
AND I'M HERE TO DELIVER
Just tell me what the problem is exactly with the name or whatever so I can change it to something else and we can put this behind us.
~Cordially, Ryan Winzen