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Blizzard Shifts to StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

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Blizzard is now entering into "Heart of the Swarm" development.

In a recent interview with MTV, Rob Pardo, the Executive Vice President of Game Design at Blizzard, revealed the status of the next installment of StarCraft II, "Heart of the Swarm." Unfortunately, he didn't cough up any clues as to when gamers should expect the sequel.

"Now that we've shipped ['Wings of Liberty'], we're just now getting serious about breaking ground on ['Heart of the Swarm']," he said. "We always have a lot of ideas and there's been some design work on it, but hardcore art and programming is just now starting to begin. It's too early to estimate, but as soon as we can get them out there, we'd love to."

He also reassured gamers that it won't be more of the same in "Heart of the Swarm," indicating that the single-player's campaign structure in "Wings of Liberty" would be difficult to recreate using the game's other races.

"Playing Jim Raynor, who's this mercenary, living on this battle cruiser, and has a whole big crew and things like that…that makes a lot of sense for a Terran-based campaign," he said. "It's hard to imagine doing a Zerg-based campaign the same way or, for that matter, doing a Protoss one."

StarCraft II fans should expect an entirely new, sequel-like experience in the single-player campaign, however the multiplayer portion will be more in line with the older StarCraft: Brood War expansion.

"Multiplayer is going to be more like an expansion set sort of vibe," he admitted. "We're not going to ship all brand new races. There will definitely be additions to multiplayer, but that's going to feel like an expansion set."

To read the full interview, head over to MTV here.

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    dark_lord69 , August 24, 2010 9:06 PM
    Can't wait!
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    eklipz330 , August 24, 2010 9:07 PM
    Quote:
    "We always have a lot of ideas and there's been some design work on it, but hardcore art and programming is just now starting to begin. It's too early to estimate, but as soon as we can get them out there, we'd love to."


    They JUST started? Well, I don't expect this to be out in the next two years, seeing how it is blizzard. Diablo III might be out by then.

    And I certainly don't expect a GOTY edition with all three expansions for another 5. *sad face*
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    FATAL STR1K3 , August 24, 2010 9:07 PM
    woot woot! looking forward more to D3 though..
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    gnookergi , August 24, 2010 9:08 PM
    Adding more units is just going to make it all the more difficult to keep it balanced.
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    eklipz330 , August 24, 2010 9:08 PM
    Kami3kYawn. I'll laugh when it has a $60 price tag again.


    I was just about to edit my post, but yeah this would not be a surprise at ALL. I don't expect to see a price drop on WoL for years to come. I hate greedy companies = /
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    gnookergi , August 24, 2010 9:10 PM
    Kami3kYawn. I'll laugh when it has a $60 price tag again.

    Especially when it's the same game as the first one. Albeit with improved graphics and some new units.
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    2real , August 24, 2010 9:11 PM
    eklipz330I was just about to edit my post, but yeah this would not be a surprise at ALL. I don't expect to see a price drop on WoL for years to come. I hate greedy companies = /

    What company isn't greedy? They're all out there to make money. If you don't agree with the company's tactics, then don't buy the game.
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    gnookergi , August 24, 2010 9:12 PM
    2realWhat company isn't greedy? They're all out there to make money. If you don't agree with the company's tactics, then don't buy the game.

    Hey, that's exactly what I did. No way am I paying $60 for SC2. I haven't and I don't plan to, ever.
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    Anonymous , August 24, 2010 9:14 PM
    ehh
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    cryogenic , August 24, 2010 9:16 PM
    FATAL STR1K3woot woot! looking forward more to D3 though..


    I you imagine that Startcraft 2 will cost 180$ in the end (3x60$ each act. Probably the most expensive game all time, considering it's only one game (in 3 acts) and not a game + 2 sequels)

    then you can pretty much expect that Diablo 3 will have a subscription model like WoW! Which is really sad, but I don't see Blizzard becoming less greedy so long as they still are one of the top games companies, and more importantly one of the top PC only game companies, but most important of all, it seems to work for them.

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    segio526 , August 24, 2010 9:19 PM
    It's not like they're breaking new ground on it. The engine is already made and parts of the story should already be set in stone. They just need to make the Zerg campaign and add a bunch of multiplayer maps.
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    2real , August 24, 2010 9:23 PM
    sdfgdfehh

    so you're not going to pay for a good game, unless you don't like RTS games
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    adikos , August 24, 2010 9:28 PM
    whats all this 60 dollars for the expansion? blizzard has always priced its expansion sets at about half the price of the original package. I havent seen blizzard deviate from that since its first expansion through to its most recent with WoW. the sequels will probably be 39.99 which is reasonable imho.

    when you see proof that HoTS will be 60 bucks, let me know. otherwise its just trolling.

    as for D3, i dont understand this speculation about a monthly fee, i just dont see it, and likewise, until blizzard says otherwise i'll assume it will follow the trend of the previous two diablos and be free while utilizing battlenet.

    remember WoW is their cash cow and with their secret MMO in the works, I dont expect blizzard to have to charge for diablo3. they have enough money amassed already.

    the only thing i find daunting is the fact that blizzard said it would be 18 months till HoTS came out, which in blizzard time sounds right. i'm just not a fan of blizzard time.
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    haze4peace , August 24, 2010 9:31 PM
    Activision owns Blizzard. That's why it will cost $60 per expansion... in fact that's why it costs $60 instead of $50
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    stingstang , August 24, 2010 9:34 PM
    adikoswhats all this 60 dollars for the expansion? blizzard has always priced its expansion sets at about half the price of the original package. I havent seen blizzard deviate from that since its first expansion through to its most recent with WoW. the sequels will probably be 39.99 which is reasonable imho.when you see proof that HoTS will be 60 bucks, let me know. otherwise its just trolling.as for D3, i dont understand this speculation about a monthly fee, i just dont see it, and likewise, until blizzard says otherwise i'll assume it will follow the trend of the previous two diablos and be free while utilizing battlenet.remember WoW is their cash cow and with their secret MMO in the works, I dont expect blizzard to have to charge for diablo3. they have enough money amassed already.the only thing i find daunting is the fact that blizzard said it would be 18 months till HoTS came out, which in blizzard time sounds right. i'm just not a fan of blizzard time.

    I second not being a fan of blizzard time. Especially with Starcraft. I appreciate the effort they put in to balancing the units all out, but really, I think they spend far too much time on that. Just release the game and let the players give feedback to make the process faster. It REALLY doesn't matter until the tournaments start.
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    borisof007 , August 24, 2010 9:55 PM
    People who complain about the Price tag of Blizzard games clearly has no business playing any RTS, MMO, or Hack and Slash game. ALL of Blizzard's games are developed with the player and the quality of the game in mind and have always delivered a $100 gaming experience for only $60.

    Each of these games are full 8-10 hour campaigns plus multiplayer. That's no worse than any Xbox game with XBOX live compatibility, except Blizzard makes good games and most people don't.
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    Anonymous , August 24, 2010 9:56 PM
    You dummies who did not buy SC2, are dumb. The game is awesome. That being said, people who did not play or did not like the original SC are probably not going to be converted by SC2, you either like this kind of game or you do not. People generally fall into one of three categories: 1. Blizzard style RTS players, 2. C&C style RTS players, 3. Neither. Only the first category is eligible to really like SC2. Having played a couple of the C&C style RTS games, they just do not have the style, skill and balance (of a Blizzard title), no matter how much snazzy live action and similar gimmickry they put into it.

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    Trueno07 , August 24, 2010 10:05 PM
    Do we even know the price of these expansions?

    Nope.
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    Darkerson , August 24, 2010 10:05 PM
    Im not quite as worried about the price as much as I am about how long it is gonna take to come out. Im sure everyone will be able to save up and afford it by the time it finally does release. This is Blizzard we are talking about, after all :D 
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    ElysianMerc , August 24, 2010 10:06 PM
    eklipz330They JUST started? Well, I don't expect this to be out in the next two years, seeing how it is blizzard. Diablo III might be out by then.And I certainly don't expect a GOTY edition with all three expansions for another 5. *sad face*

    You have to think though, they don't have to build the engine, just mod the game. So it shouldn't be too long.
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