Next StarCraft 2 Chapter May Come In Early 2012

Thursday during GDC Online 2010 in Austin, Texas, 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 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.

  • ap3x
    Get Diablo out the door. I would be happy with that.
  • dan117
    2 years for levels and cutscenes...
  • Ciuy
    Fruck you Blizzard and your time consuming development. Maybe your just lazy...
  • theoutbound
    Two years? I thought the point of splitting the campaigns was to expedite development.
  • carlhenry
    NooOOooo!!! I thought this'll be out anytime soon. Darn, after two years, SC 2 would look like crap T_T

    promise to add support for dx11, make the hybrid race playable make sure the campaign is longer! Then, I'll understand.

    Kerrigan!!! T_T

    What about episode 3? 2014?!? Hello dx12.
  • jonnyboyC
    All i'm going to say if development takes this long there better be an engine overhaul, the game looks pretty good now could have looked quite a bit better, but in 2014 or whenever the last expansion comes out it's going to be quite dated i mean i remember back in like 2008 or 2007 they were show demos of the engine
  • elcentral
    hmm hawe they got the mod comunity running yet? last time i checked a bit poor amount of td and almost no hero defend
  • BulkZerker
    *crickets* or *the sound of people caring*
  • eklipz330
    this is exactly what happens when a company has so much money and has to do little to continue profiting... little incentive to get off their asses and get shit done.
  • theshonen8899
    It's always the best games that take an assload of time to come out...
    Where is Episode 3... :'(