UgLyPuNk writes with news of a report that Blizzard has spent over $100 million developing StarCraft II
. Initial development on the game began in 2003, and it's due to be released on July 27th. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick "described StarCraft
as one of the company’s seven 'pillars of opportunity' (where each pillar has the potential to deliver operating profit between $500 million and $1 billion over its life span)." The finalized system requirements for the game
have been released, and players planning to buy the digitally distributed version can download it now
, though it won't be playable until the 27th.