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StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm Live Event Next Week

Blizzard said on Thursday that it plans to reveal a new StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm trailer, called "Vengeance", during a special live online event next week. Blizzard will also conduct a Heart of the Swarm discussion which viewers can take part of by sending questions via Twitter using the hashtag #Vengeance.

During the online event, Blizzard also plans to conduct a Vengeance "making of" with the Heart of the Swarm developers. There will even be an exclusive Heart of the Swarm eSports showmatch cast by commentators John "TotalBiscuit" Bain and Shaun "dApollo" Clark.

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is slated to arrive on March 12, 2013, serving as part two of a planned trilogy. Taking place in the year 2506, two years after Wings of Liberty, gamers will play from the perspective of Sarah Kerrigan who just returned to her human form thanks to Jim Raynor. The single-player campaign will have around 20 missions, focusing on the Zerg race.

News of Blizzard's online event arrives after the company released patch v2.0.4 for StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty. This major patch brings a number of new systems and improvements to Wings of Liberty while paving the way for the release of Heart of the Swarm. Changes include all-new menu screens, clans and groups, new replay features, an improved score screen and statistics, global play, new matchmaking options and more.

Recently the company also announced that BlizzCon is back and heading to the Anaheim Convention Center Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2013. This will be the seventh show featuring two solid days of hands-on time with the latest Blizzard games, in-depth developer discussion panels, intense eSports action and more. Blizzard skipped 2012 to focus on getting Diablo 3, Mists of Pandaria and Heart of the Swarm out the door.

Blizzard's online event showcasing Heart of the Swarm will be hosted on TwitchTV next week on Tuesday, February 26 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET.

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  • hootis8
    So HOTS what took blizzard 3 years to come up with to fix glaring flaws with the game, and oh yea it costs 40$ completely fucks balance an still doesn't address sever flaws with 1v1 match making
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  • master_chen
    Kekekekekekekekekekekekekekekekeke...
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  • opmopadop
    I just cant help but feel like Blizzard has taken my money and used it to make crap games. I wont listen to the hype anymore and I'm still burning deep deep inside from the Diablo 3 experience. I hope HotS is worth it for all those that shell out for it, I'm gunna stay out of this one.
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  • susyque747
    What ever Acti-Blizzard, keep your no Lan titles and shove them up your master arse, aka Activision.
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  • gerohmygosh
    opmopadopI just cant help but feel like Blizzard has taken my money and used it to make crap games. I wont listen to the hype anymore and I'm still burning deep deep inside from the Diablo 3 experience. I hope HotS is worth it for all those that shell out for it, I'm gunna stay out of this one.
    Diablo 3... probably the most disappointing game I've ever played. Starcraft 2 wasn't any better for me either. Either I over hyped it all or they spoiled me the first time that I was fooled easily this time. $40 for a few new units and only one added campaign... yeah it's Activision.
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  • gilgamex
    Wow you might rip on Diablo 3 for some glaring standout reasons but Starcraft II is a phenomenal game and is arguably the best RTS there is today. It is well tuned, graphics are fantastic, presentation, cinematics and storyline are all very well done. The online multiplayer is fast and is immensely deep when it comes to strategy, tactics and builds.

    Balance is something they are always messing with and testing out. If you were to even remotely imagine how insanely hard it is to balance such a fast paced game such as Starcraft II you would blow your brains out. Even the littlest change causes chain reactions, that can effectively make a strategy much more harder to pull off or give unfair advantages/disadvantages.

    People band together and rip on Blizzard but there is so much the company does right, there are so many passionate people on their teams that are greatly talented. If you could just seperate yourself from the herd mentality, look at things as they truly are, though you won't, the world would just be a better place.
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  • Call me when they have a battle chest with the whole game in it and ill buy it. Im not buying the game in 3 parts for 3 times the price.
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  • opmopadop
    gilgamexPeople band together and rip on Blizzard but there is so much the company does right.WoW, dumbed down a brilliant game so people can hit lvl cap so much quicker than vanilla.
    SC, im still figuring out why they are releasing the game in thirds, I got bored 2 years ago with it, why release the sequal now?
    D3, there are plenty of forums about the mistakes here but i will pick on the fact i have to keep repeating the game to play harder difficulties.

    Each game has been presented and modified to bring in regular income for Blizz. WoW = kid friendly, SC = spread those payments out, D3 = RMAH. The only game Blizz is making is 'how little work can we do and still make money off these chimps'.
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  • Soda-88
    opmopadopSC, im still figuring out why they are releasing the game in thirds, I got bored 2 years ago with it, why release the sequal now?You have obviously never heard of e-sports. Starcraft franchise is primarily that, not some weekend single player game. There are players out there who earned well over a million $ in SC:BW (it has been played for over 10 years in South Korea). Top 3 in SC2 have won over $300k in prize money each. Just think how much revenue Blizzard is generating from sponsors they sell tournament licences to. See the amount of tournaments each year here: http://wiki.teamliquid.net/starcraft2/Premier_Tournaments
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  • opmopadop
    Soda-88Just think how much revenue Blizzard is generating from sponsors they sell tournament licences to.My problem is with the game-play-value vs my-hip-pocket. As you mentioned, Blizz has a ton of revenue from different sources and I feel like I have been personally ripped off by Blizz. As for what they are doing with all this money, well to me it feels like they are not making good games anymore (and not listening to their fans). Im dissapointed more than anything, hence my rants. /EndRants
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