GAMEBREAKER reported a while back on MMO giant Blizzard’s acquisition of the Project Blackstone domain. At the time there was a ton of speculation about just what exactly they might be doing with it, with ideas ranging from a Diablo III expansion to a reboot of a mid-1990s game called Blackthorne.
And now the website has gone live, and we all know exactly what it is… or do we? It’s gone up under Blizzard’s StarCraft domain, the full URL reading as follows: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blackstone/. People heading over to the domain will be greeted with a login box, and a screen featuring the Terran logo, but it requires a password. Fortunately Reddit has come to the rescue, with a very recent thread providing the access key for the site, which can also be found in the video!
On gaining access, the user is greeted with a message from Dr Helek Branamoor, greeting them and welcoming them to the test environment:
It is my profound pleasure to welcome each and every one of you to Project Blackstone. Hold your heads high, people. You are now members of a select team, a group that has been handpicked by top officials in Dominion intelligence and approved by Emperor Mengsk himself. You will be the front line in scientific research dedicated to the protection and expansion of our empire of man throughout the Koprulu sector.
I am sure that many of you have questions regarding the nature of your selection, your brisk arrival, and the expected duration of your stay. That information will be made available to you when I see fit. Until then, please familiarize yourself with the facilities and get to know your peers. The badge issued to you upon your arrival will trigger automated guidance lights running along the floors, so be sure to keep it on your person at all times. Hallways marked with green lights will indicate the path from your quarters to your designated workspaces. Hallways lined with a flashing yellow light are off limits, and represent potential danger to unauthorized personnel. Hallways lined with a red light should be avoided at all costs, and your presence there will guarantee a speedy execution. Please restrict your movements to the approved areas only.
Again, welcome to Project Blackstone. I look forward to making your acquaintance at the barbecue in the (green-lit) social lounge this evening at 1900 hours.
The last sentence of this message is the most intriguing. Do check it out at 1900 this evening, I’m assuming that’s Pacific.
It looks to us like an ARG for the launch of Heart of the Swarm, but what’s your take on it?