Thursday during GDC Online 2010 in Austin, Texas, Battle.net project director Greg Canessa took the stage and talked about the future of Blizzard's gaming service. However once he was done, Canessa took questions from the audience, one of which may have triggered Canessa to reveal the release schedule for the next StarCraft II installment, Heart of the Swarm.
Based on his answer, fans won't see the second chapter anytime soon. Canessa began explaining future Battle.net features such as trading replays, broadcasting replays, and upgrading profiles. He then added that the upcoming features were "a main area of focus we're going to be seeing on the Starcraft [II] side over the next 18 months between now and Heart of the Swarm."
That's right, 18 months. Gamers wanting more of the Zerg faction possibly won't see the second chapter until sometime around March or April 2012. GameSpot followed up with a Blizzard representative who said that there was no official release window for Heart of the Swarm. However the rep also added that the game would not be a part of Blizzard's lineup for Blizzcon 2010 scheduled to take place in Anaheim, California later this month on October 22 and 23.
Heart of the Swarm is one of three chapters that comprise Blizzard's sci-fi RTS for the PC, StarCraft II. Heart of the Swarm will allow players to play the role of the Zerg Faction while the third installment--Legacy of the Void--will allow gamers to take on the role of the Protoss faction. At this rate, gamers may not see the trilogy come to its conclusion until 2014.