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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Goes On Sale Today

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It's finally here!

It's been two years and seven months since StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was released. That's 959 days since we saw the release of the first new StarCraft game in a decade. Now, just over two and a half years later, we're celebrating the launch of the second title in the StarCraft II trilogy.

 

Dubbed StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the game is an expansion pack for Wings of Liberty and is hitting shelves today. With 20 missions, Heart of the Swarm includes seven new multiplayer units from Wings of Liberty, as well as a continuing campaign focusing on the Zerg.

As an expansion pack, the price for Heart of the Swarm is slightly lower than the price of Wings when it was announced. The Wings of Liberty collectors edition was priced at $99 at time of launch whereas the Heart of the Swarm Collector's Edition price is set at $79.99. The regular, non-Collector's Edition price is $39.99. The Collector's Edition includes a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray and DVD two disc making-of, the soundtrack, and a 144-page art book.

Just in case it wasn't clear, Heart of the Swarm does require Wings of Liberty to play. GameStop currently has WoL on sale for twenty bucks. Blizzard has not yet discussed a release schedule for Legacy of the Void, the second StarCraft II expansion.

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    samuelspark , March 12, 2013 10:21 AM
    ddpruittMighty expensive for a DLC. I'll skip until the price is a bit more reasonable, say under $10.


    It's not a DLC... It's an expansion.
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    samuelspark , March 12, 2013 9:21 AM
    It's finally here!
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    samuelspark , March 12, 2013 10:21 AM
    ddpruittMighty expensive for a DLC. I'll skip until the price is a bit more reasonable, say under $10.


    It's not a DLC... It's an expansion.
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    mobrocket , March 12, 2013 10:32 AM
    how well does this and starcraft 2 play on linux?
    using either wine or something else
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    gm0n3y , March 12, 2013 10:32 AM
    For an expansion, it is a little pricey, but not too bad. After playing the first one a lot when it came out, I probably will not be buying this. SC2 was fun for a little while, but quickly showed its flaws. Add on some of the draconian, gamer unfriendly moves that Blizzard has made in the past couple of years and I am definitely staying away. The single player campaign in SC2:WOL was boring anyway, so this expansion probably won't be worth $40 even if I did want it.
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    revered , March 12, 2013 10:32 AM
    I'd like to get this considering I enjoyed the campaign experience of Wings of Liberty so much. However, I'm not allowing myself to buy another Activision-Blizzard product until well into its life to determine the quality and reception. Their recent work warrants extra caution.

    They really did put enough content into Wings of Liberty to justify being called a full game, it is just a very disappointing design concept to not include campaigns for two of your three races in the first game; to expect your gamers to wait to play a story experience for the other other two in 'expansions.' I disagree with that route.
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    catfishtx , March 12, 2013 10:42 AM
    I know a lot of folks hate Blizzard, but I will be stopping by and buying it tonight. I love the Starcraft franchise and will support it.
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    childofthekorn , March 12, 2013 10:49 AM
    $40 dollars, not bad, but for an expansion pack? Is anyone else tired of paying higher prices for games based on the same engines with little tweaks done? Although this one specifically does have a minor price reduction, most games on the market reuse the same engine and offer very little in terms. Especially seeing how slowly mainstream games have been reducing in price.
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    Chairman Ray , March 12, 2013 10:49 AM
    Blizzard did an amazing job with HotS and I recommend everyone should get it. The campaign was well done, and the multiplayer was done extremely well. Blizzard worked with the community and professional players through a long period of beta testing to bring the best multiplayer experience possible.
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    childofthekorn , March 12, 2013 10:55 AM
    catfishtxI know a lot of folks hate Blizzard, but I will be stopping by and buying it tonight. I love the Starcraft franchise and will support it.


    I loved the starcraft series. However to play devil's advocate, most of the original members of blizzard have gone away. Although this is a normal experience that the gaming industry will see, you also see that blizzard has been shifting its resources to provide the least amount of work with the highest return (IE: "Copy/Paste" game creation). I'd highly urge others in order to stop allowing themselves be duped into thinking their money is going to quality products when most indie titles have far more re playability.
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    childofthekorn , March 12, 2013 10:56 AM
    Chairman RayBlizzard did an amazing job with HotS and I recommend everyone should get it. The campaign was well done, and the multiplayer was done extremely well. Blizzard worked with the community and professional players through a long period of beta testing to bring the best multiplayer experience possible.


    Inside info (beta/alpha)? Or just from what they posted on their website? Any changes in specific compared to WOL that may make it more appealing?
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    vegettonox , March 12, 2013 11:04 AM
    Don't remind me I don't get paid till Thursday.
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    dragonsqrrl , March 12, 2013 11:18 AM
    childofthekorn$40 dollars, not bad, but for an expansion pack? Is anyone else tired of paying higher prices for games based on the same engines with little tweaks done? Although this one specifically does have a minor price reduction, most games on the market reuse the same engine and offer very little in terms. Especially seeing how slowly mainstream games have been reducing in price.

    It offers quite a bit more than your typical expansion pack, though I agree a lower price tag would've been preferred. For those who preordered it was pretty easy to pick up for $30, a price I find reasonable for the new content.
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    dragonsqrrl , March 12, 2013 11:31 AM
    childofthekornInside info (beta/alpha)? Or just from what they posted on their website? Any changes in specific compared to WOL that may make it more appealing?

    There's a long list of significant changes, though I can't speak from experience as I haven't had the chance to play it myself yet. There's a new UI, revamped engine, a slew of new multiplayer features (many of which have come to WOL as well), new units, a new ~30 mission campaign, etc. I've been watching the multiplayer beta evolve for the past couple months, and it's looking really good. It's too bad you won't be giving HOTS a chance (sounds like you didn't even really give WOL a chance), I think you're going to be missing out on a great RTS.
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    tokencode , March 12, 2013 11:31 AM
    Haven't played through the whole thing yet but so far I'd say it is worth the money. After the D3 disaster, I was a little hesitant to give any money to Activision/Blizzard, but you have to give credit where it is due and they ended up doing a nice job.
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    ddpruitt , March 12, 2013 11:45 AM
    samuelsparkIt's not a DLC... It's an expansion.


    Semantics. What Blizzard calls an expansion is sold as a DLC for other games (BF, MW, SC2, etc) by companies aren't raping you (yet) for everything you have. Your paying near full price for a couple of levels and 6 extra characters, I buy new games cheaper than that.

    I betcha the same people complaining about SimCity, D3, and A:CM buy this and complain. Writings on the wall.

    edit: by SC2 I mean Supreme Commander not StarCraft, stupid mistake
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    Vorador2 , March 12, 2013 11:54 AM
    Personally, i will wait a bit until impressions from the comunity. I would buy this in a heartbeat because SC2 was really good, but Diablo 3 was a waste of money. Never again.
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    sliem , March 12, 2013 11:56 AM
    I'm going to wait until all three are sold in a bundle for $20-$40. It may take 4-10 years, and that is fine.
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    jl0329 , March 12, 2013 11:58 AM
    ddpruittSemantics. What Blizzard calls an expansion is sold as a DLC for other games (BF, MW, SC2, etc) by companies aren't raping you (yet) for everything you have. Your paying near full price for a couple of levels and 6 extra characters, I buy new games cheaper than that. I betcha the same people complaining about SimCity, D3, and A:CM buy this and complain. Writings on the wall.edit: by SC2 I mean Supreme Commander not StarCraft, stupid mistake


    You have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about. If you ever played any blizzard RTS expansion, you should know that they are the real game changers. SC:BW and W3:TFT both brought the original game to a new height.
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    spartanmk2 , March 12, 2013 12:19 PM
    Summon more ziggurats :D 
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