StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Dated for March 12, 2013

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Blizzard Entertainment has been as cagey about the release for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm as the company has been about any of its other products, but the expansion now has a date: March 12, 2013.

It is likely not a coincidence that Activision’s fiscal quarter ends on March 31, 2013.

Heart of the Swarm will be available for both PC and Mac for $39.99, a lowered price point because it’s not a complete sequel to StarCraft II. Rather than try to jam the full story Blizzard wanted to tell into StarCraft II, it’s expanded the storytelling across this expansion and another one in the future.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
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Blizzard Entertainment has been as cagey about the release for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm as the company has been about any of its other products, but the expansion now has a date: March 12, 2013.

It is likely not a coincidence that Activision’s fiscal quarter ends on March 31, 2013.

Heart of the Swarm will be available for both PC and Mac for $39.99, a lowered price point because it’s not a complete sequel to StarCraft II. Rather than try to jam the full story Blizzard wanted to tell into StarCraft II, it’s expanded the storytelling across this expansion and another one in the future.

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#2 Edited by MisterCrow (65 posts) -

Excited for this! The box / cover art they revealed gives a real big SHODAN vibe (albeit purple).

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#3 Posted by weavminas (101 posts) -

Now will it be delayed?

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#4 Posted by ConstantineL (134 posts) -

I too am excite.

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#5 Posted by DoctorWelch (2817 posts) -

HYYYYYYYYYYPPPPPPEEEEEE!!!

Can't wait.

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#6 Posted by Argo15 (50 posts) -

Cool

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#7 Posted by Solh0und (2045 posts) -

I know one person that's probably excited to hear this news....

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#8 Edited by Shaanyboi (1541 posts) -

Because y'know, a dozen other games aren't already coming out this spring.

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#9 Posted by MildMolasses (3200 posts) -

Great, I was just thinking about how quiet the first quarter of the year is going to be. I'm glad Activision is willing to throw a bone to us and release a high-profile game during the winter months

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#10 Posted by kindgineer (3087 posts) -

Sounds great, although farther out than I figured.

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#11 Posted by mrfluke (5834 posts) -

@Solh0und said:

I know one person that's probably excited to hear this news....

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amazing

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#12 Posted by WrathOfBanja (370 posts) -

Meh.

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#13 Edited by guilherme (353 posts) -

Just one little thing, it's March 12

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#14 Posted by TooWalrus (13391 posts) -

Almost 3 years... Wow, I remember hoping for 1-per-year.

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#15 Posted by Lava (737 posts) -

That's great! March 13th is my birthday! Perfect present!

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#16 Edited by xMEGADETHxSLY (484 posts) -

What is Starcraft

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#17 Posted by FCDRandy (296 posts) -

This is pretty cool because I'll be spending the first quarter 2013 playing 2012 games and can devote a trillion hours to HOTS in the second.

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#18 Posted by Vexxan (4633 posts) -

Finally a date! :)

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#19 Posted by NaDannMaGoGo (338 posts) -

@Shaanyboi said:

Because y'know, a dozen other games aren't already coming out this spring.

Blizz don't care.

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#20 Posted by chilibean_3 (2185 posts) -

Cool. Cool cool cool cool. Now I need to go watch the original trailer real quick. So good.

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#21 Posted by NaDannMaGoGo (338 posts) -

@chilibean_3 said:

Cool. Cool cool cool cool. Now I need to go watch the original trailer real quick. So good.

The original Sc2 announcement trailer? I recommend watching recordings from the live announcement in Korea, it's great.

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#22 Posted by Benny (2009 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@Solh0und said:

I know one person that's probably excited to hear this news....

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amazing

Fucking hell. I can't believe I hadn't seen this before, the zoom in on Ryan's face made me cry with laughter.

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#23 Posted by Glots (2863 posts) -

Finally (or well, four months away, but anyway...) something to play on PC! Besides another Blizzard title, that is...

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#24 Posted by ptys (2174 posts) -

This is news... I thought it was already out?!

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#25 Posted by DirtyData (83 posts) -

Very excited!

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#26 Posted by baldgye (776 posts) -

sad that they put a date on this already, the balace and design idea's behind the core game are so fucked atm... its bearly diffrent to WoL and the new units ad almost nothing unless your zerg...

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#27 Posted by Falk (127 posts) -

Didn't they originally plan for 18 months between each expansion? Blizzard time in full effect i guess.

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#28 Posted by baldgye (776 posts) -

@Falk said:

Didn't they originally plan for 18 months between each expansion? Blizzard time in full effect i guess.

if they had done that, they would have fucked with the sc2 scene so lol

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#29 Posted by robs_knob (37 posts) -

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#30 Posted by infestedandy (355 posts) -

From a long-time fan and player of SC this is going to sound largely angry at Activision-Blizzard, but that's because it is.

It's taken almost three years for HOTS to come out since Wings of Liberty hit. THREE YEARS. We're getting some extra units, probably some new maps and the expanded story (which is the big focus), but is that all worth $40? The story was extremely lackluster in WOL and, unless I'm completely taken off-guard here, HOTS will be just as brief and slightly more interesting at most. They've taken out a lot of the new units and extra content for 'balancing issues' and I just don't know anymore. I'm thankful it's less than a full priced title, but if you already purchased WOL then why do we need to pay another $40 for essentially the single-player content?

For the people who bought into SCII when it first came out, couldn't Acti-Blizz have thrown a big digital discount out way for the expansion? Am I asking too much? I'm hopeful HOTS will bring SCII back, but I have this feeling that it just won't happen.

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#31 Posted by zeox (91 posts) -

@ptys: the beta is out and has been for a couple of months now

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#32 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -

Woah, Blizzard. 
What are you guys up to in your office, being all "hey we have a release date"  
Something seems fishy. 
 
I'm excited though to play something else than just the HotS multiplayer

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#33 Posted by Shotgunblast97 (195 posts) -

Does anyone know if they might release a bundle pack for Starcraft 2 and heart of the swarm.

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#34 Posted by d0m3l (74 posts) -

Preordered :) One of those few times when #TakeMyMoneyBlizz worked ;)

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#35 Posted by MDFetterman (4 posts) -

Can't wait... could just be a coincidence compared to the original SC, but it really does seem like they're releasing expansions in the same exact order as the original non-expanded campaign story (Terran, Zerg, then Protoss)

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#36 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (4107 posts) -

2 and a half years for an expansion? Thats a little fast don't you think Blizzard?

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#37 Posted by Vinyl (51 posts) -

@ptys: Naw man, maybe you just heard that the beta was live?

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#38 Posted by BinaryDragon (792 posts) -

MARCH 12th?!!!! That's my bloody birthday!

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#39 Posted by KinjiroSSD (690 posts) -

I think having the worst SC2 unit, the Battlecruiser, as a image for HOTS news must be intentional...

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#40 Posted by Forum_User (319 posts) -

Guess I know what I'll be playing in May.

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#41 Posted by StarvingGamer (11359 posts) -

@infestedandy: Well, unless you felt like Brood War was also way overpriced, I don't really think you have a leg to stand on here.

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#42 Posted by CJduke (902 posts) -

@infestedandy said:

From a long-time fan and player of SC this is going to sound largely angry at Activision-Blizzard, but that's because it is.

It's taken almost three years for HOTS to come out since Wings of Liberty hit. THREE YEARS. We're getting some extra units, probably some new maps and the expanded story (which is the big focus), but is that all worth $40? The story was extremely lackluster in WOL and, unless I'm completely taken off-guard here, HOTS will be just as brief and slightly more interesting at most. They've taken out a lot of the new units and extra content for 'balancing issues' and I just don't know anymore. I'm thankful it's less than a full priced title, but if you already purchased WOL then why do we need to pay another $40 for essentially the single-player content?

For the people who bought into SCII when it first came out, couldn't Acti-Blizz have thrown a big digital discount out way for the expansion? Am I asking too much? I'm hopeful HOTS will bring SCII back, but I have this feeling that it just won't happen.

I don't understand where you are coming from. WoL's campaign was "brief"? It had 29 missions, and took a fair amount of time to beat and every mission was quite varied. It was easily as long as most single player campaigns, if not longer and they said HOTS will be about the same length so I'm not getting the "brief" part. "They've taken out A LOT of the new units." Really? I'm pretty sure they have only taken out 1 since the beta has started, the other units were taken out for good reasons. They weren't good units. Not to mention they have changed the entire UI of the game, they are adding in an unranked ladder for practice, they are putting in the clan system, they are making replay viewing better and more accessible, and they are adding in new content like the leveling system to keep casual players interested. They are also going to be putting in a system to restart a game that lost its connection through replays so tournaments aren't ruined by bad connection games. And they are even making their own Blizzard All Stars DOTA mod for it. And most of this content is already usable in the beta. As for complaining about it taking 3 years, it won't be three years until July, and you do realize that people actually wanted time to play WoL and figure out the multiplayer right? How is a 2-3 year span too long of a time, especially considering it is not easy to just add new units to the game and build a whole new single player campaign.

I also don't know what you mean about "bring SC 2 back." The competitive scene is as great as ever, with GSL, IPL, MLG, WCS and NASL all taking place during the end of this year. The game's are of the highest quality and the competition is top notch now that the brood war players are also play SC 2. We just got to see Flash come to the USA and take third place in an MLG. What more do you want? If you are referring to viewers dropping during certain tournaments and less people overall playing, that is always going to happen. Games like LoL are easier to get into and are free so Starcraft will never compete with them. I just don't see where your complaints are coming from or how you think that HOTS is not worth $40. Hell they could charge $50 for it as far as I'm concerned.

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#43 Posted by baldgye (776 posts) -

@infestedandy said:

From a long-time fan and player of SC this is going to sound largely angry at Activision-Blizzard, but that's because it is.

It's taken almost three years for HOTS to come out since Wings of Liberty hit. THREE YEARS. We're getting some extra units, probably some new maps and the expanded story (which is the big focus), but is that all worth $40? The story was extremely lackluster in WOL and, unless I'm completely taken off-guard here, HOTS will be just as brief and slightly more interesting at most. They've taken out a lot of the new units and extra content for 'balancing issues' and I just don't know anymore. I'm thankful it's less than a full priced title, but if you already purchased WOL then why do we need to pay another $40 for essentially the single-player content?

For the people who bought into SCII when it first came out, couldn't Acti-Blizz have thrown a big digital discount out way for the expansion? Am I asking too much? I'm hopeful HOTS will bring SCII back, but I have this feeling that it just won't happen.

You don't at all sound like a 'fan' just some crybaby who played sc and bw when it came out.

And I don't understand why you think three years is too long either, WoL needed that to establish its self and give its self a meta game that didn't revolve around cheese and 2base all in's... WoL is a mature game with mostly good balance... if HotS came out after a year or two Sc2 would be in a much worse position.

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#44 Posted by torus (1106 posts) -

I remember being excited about this, two or three years ago. I played hundreds of hours of Starcraft II. I'll be honest. After what Diablo 3 turned out to be, and the amount of time since the previous SC2... the fact that this is 40 dollars is almost insulting. I know people will buy it, but I won't be one of them.

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#45 Posted by Falk (127 posts) -

@CJduke said:

They are also going to be putting in a system to restart a game that lost its connection through replays so tournaments aren't ruined by bad connection games.

There really is no good excuse for not having LAN play at this point, at least for the bigger blizzard supported events.

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#46 Posted by baldgye (776 posts) -

@torus said:

I remember being excited about this, two or three years ago. I played hundreds of hours of Starcraft II. I'll be honest. After what Diablo 3 turned out to be, and the amount of time since the previous SC2... the fact that this is 40 dollars is almost insulting. I know people will buy it, but I won't be one of them.

time is important how?

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#47 Posted by Evercaptor (436 posts) -

Blizzard have yet to make a game I want to play but I hope y'all have fun with it.

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#48 Posted by swabbleflange (60 posts) -

@Shaanyboi said:

Because y'know, a dozen other games aren't already coming out this spring.

This is the only one I'll be buying.

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#49 Posted by FiestaUnicorn (1673 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

2 and a half years for an expansion? Thats a little fast don't you think Blizzard?

They work according to Valve time.

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#50 Posted by Ben_H (3926 posts) -
@Shotgunblast97 said:
Does anyone know if they might release a bundle pack for Starcraft 2 and heart of the swarm.
From my understanding, the expansion is stand-alone, but if you want the campaign from the first game then yes you will have to get both. If you just want multiplayer, just get the expansion.

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