StarCraft Timeline and Chronology

StarCraft has long captured the attention of gamers world-wide for over two decades. It has shown more lasting power than almost any other game. And there are also many books, comics, and other media tie-ins that make it perfect for this site. This is the StarCraft timeline.

What’s on the StarCraft Timeline?


This StarCraft timeline includes all of the canon media for the StarCraft series of video games. We arrange this media, by default, in chronological order. However, if you prefer release order, you can sort by the “Release” column in the table below.

StarCraft is a space-opera story told through strategy computer games. You can also find a lot of novels and comics to supplement the story. Blizzard Entertainment developed it as a science fiction alternative to Warcraft, which also has a timeline here. Additionally, if there’s something we missed, let us know on our contact page. We love to hear from you.

Where to Start?

While not the chronological beginning, the best place to start is with the games. However, the real question is knowing which game to start with. StarCraft II is far more substantial and relevant to our current technology, but the original StarCraft is still a classic.

The recent remastered version also makes the original StarCraft a good place to start. So we’ll let you decide which game you would rather start with. Thank you for visiting, and we hope you enjoy this StarCraft timeline.

#AmazonNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateTimeNotes
1BuyHybrideShort StoryMicky Neilson2000-03-012480Amazing Stories Magazine, issue 601
2BuyHeaven's DevilsNovelWilliam C. Dietz2010-04-062488
3Heaven's Devils: Lost TransmissionsShort Story2010-12-072488Available online (parts 1, 2, 3, 4)
4BuyUprisingNovelMicky Neilson2007-11-132491Collected in the StarCraft Archive
5BuyDevil's DueNovelChristie Golden2011-04-122494
6Perdition's CrossingShort StoryJames Waugh2015-10-062496
7BuyStarCraft Comic #0Comic IssueSimon Furman2010-07-012499Availabe in the collector's edition of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
8BuyRevelationsShort StoryChris Metzen, Samuel Moore1999-03-012499Amazing Stories Magazine, issue 596
9BuyStarCraftGameChris Metzen, James Phinney1998-03-312500Best to go with the Remastered version.
10BuyLiberty's CrusadeNovelJeff Grubb2007-11-132500Collected in the StarCraft Archive
11BuySpeed of DarknessNovelTracy Hickman2007-11-132500Collected in the StarCraft Archive
12BuyStarCraft: InsurrectionGameFulvio Ciano1998-07-312500
13BuyStarCraft: RetributionGameChris Metzen1998-11-302500
14BuyQueen of BladesNovelAaron Rosenberg2006-06-012500
15BuyShadow of the Xel'NagaNovelGabriel Mesta2007-11-132500Collected in the StarCraft Archive
16BuyFrontline Vol. 3: Twilight ArchonComic IssueRen Zatopek2009-07-142500
17MothershipShort StoryBrian T. Kindregan2010-01-152500
18BuyFrontline Vol. 1: Weapon of WarComic IssuePaul Benjamin, Dave Shramek2008-08-122500
19BuyFrontline Vol. 3: War-TornComic IssuePaul Benjamin, Dave Shramek2009-07-142500
20BuyFrontline Vol. 4: OrientationComic IssuePaul Benjamin, Dave Shramek2009-09-292500
21BuyStarCraft: Brood WarGameChris Metzen1998-11-302500
22BuyGhost Academy: Vol. 1Graphic NovelKeith R. A. DeCandido2008-08-122501
23BuyGhost Academy: Vol. 2Graphic NovelDavid Gerrold2010-08-102501
24BuyGhost Academy: Vol. 3Graphic NovelDavid Gerrold2011-03-012501
25BuyI, MengskNovelGraham McNeill2008-12-302502
26BuyFrontline Vol. 2: NewsworthyComic IssueGrace Randolph2008-12-302502
27BuyStarCraft: Book 1Graphic NovelSimon Furman2011-05-172502
28BuyFrontline Vol. 1: Why We FightComic IssueJosh Elder2008-08-122502
29BuyFrontline Vol. 2: A Ghost StoryComic IssueKieron Gillen2008-12-302502
30BuyFrontline Vol. 2: CreepComic IssueSimon Furman2008-12-302502
31BuyFrontline Vol. 1: Heavy Armor, Parts 1 & 2Comic IssueSimon Furman2008-08-122502
32BuyFrontline Vol. 1: ThundergodComic IssueRichard A. Knaak2008-08-122502
33Artanis: SacrificeComic IssueMatt Burns, James Waugh2015-10-202502
34BuyNovaNovelKeith R. A. DeCandido2006-11-282502Frame story takes place here.
35Broken WideShort StoryCameron Dayton2010-03-052503
36BuyFrontline Vol. 3: Do No HarmComic IssueJoshua Elder2009-07-142503
37BuyFirstbornNovelChristie Golden2007-05-222503
38BuyShadow HuntersNovelChristie Golden2007-11-272503
39BuyTwilightNovelChristie Golden2009-06-302503
40BuyGhost: SpectresNovelNate Kenyon2011-09-272503
41BuyFrontline Vol. 4: Voice in the DarknessComic IssueJosh Elder2009-09-292503
42ColossusShort StoryValerie Watrous2011-04-072503
43Collateral DamageShort StoryMatt Burns2010-05-132503
44BuyFrontline Vol. 4: Fear the ReaperComic IssueDavid Gerrold2009-09-292503
45BuyFrontline Vol. 3: Last CallComic IssueGrace Randolph2009-07-142503
46ChangelingShort StoryJames Waugh2009-11-182503
47BuyFrontline Vol. 4: HomecomingComic IssueChris Metzen2009-09-292504
48Stealing ThunderShort StoryMicky Neilson2010-10-132504
49BuyStarCraft II: Wings of LibertyGameChris Metzen, Andrew Chambers, Brian Kindregan2010-07-272504
51BuyFlashpointNovelChristie Golden2013-05-282504
52Kerrigan: Hope and VengeanceComic IssueCameron Dayton2013-03-062504
53BuyStarCraft II: Heart of the SwarmGameChris Metzen, Brian Kindregan2013-03-122505
55BuyStarCraft II: War StoriesAnthologyMatt Burns, James Waugh, Matthew Maxwell, Kal-El Bogdanove, Cameron Dayton, Michael O'Reilly, Robert Brooks, Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie, Alex Irvine, Antony Johnston, Hugh Todd, David Gerrold, Michael Kogge, Matt Forbeck, Danny McAleese2014-07-212505
56BuyStarCraft II: Legacy of the VoidGameChris Metzen, James Waugh2015-11-102506
57BuyNova: The KeepComic IssueMicky Neilson2016-12-142506
58BuyEvolutionNovelTimothy Zahn2016-11-082506
59StarCraft II: Shadow WarsComic IssueAndrew Robinson, Matt Burns, Valerie Watrous2017-07-19Part of a 12-issue arc found online.
60StarCraft II: Nova Covert OpsGameValerie Watrous2016-11-22
61BuyStarCraft, Vol. 1: ScavengersGraphic NovelJody Houser2019-02-19
62BuyStarCraft, Vol. 2: SoldiersGraphic NovelJody Houser, Andrew R. Robinson2019-01-23
63StarCraft, Vol. 3: SurvivorsGraphic NovelJody HouserTBD
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