That scale of problem goes some way to explaining why Blizzard have split their three campaigns into three different games. But it doesn't make the waiting any easier. Even if StarCraft II comes out this year (and that's probable, but not confirmed), we have no idea when the two further expansion sets will be released. Given some very quick back-of-the-napkin maths, we could still be waiting for the end of StarCraft 2 in 2011. And still be playing in 2012. And probably beyond.
Put that to Dustin, and he lets out a near panicky laugh. "Oh God, I hope not. I hope we can have all three games out before then, but this is my first game at Blizzard... oh God. Maybe you're right. We should say that we want to get the next chapter of story out as soon as possible... Oh God."
In the meantime, my base is overrun. While I was holding out against the ground threat, my German journo opponent was building Hydralisks and Banelings. The Banelings crawl up to my farms and blow a hole in the defence. The Hydralisks follow, decimating my last line. It's over. We quit and immediately reload. We want to play again. And again and again. It's a very GG.