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 Post subject: Heart of the swarm release date confirmed PostPosted: 2012-11-14 04:39pm
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Prepare for the approaching Swarm.... On March 12, 2013, StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ launches around the world, igniting an intergalactic storm of intense strategic combat and opening a savage new chapter in the war between terran, protoss, and zerg. You can pre-purchase the expansion NOW directly through Battle.net® and be ready to play the moment it goes live.

In addition to the Standard Edition and retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items, you’ll also have the option to upgrade a Standard Edition to the Digital Deluxe Edition, which comes equipped with all the in-game content from the physical Collector’s Edition, including a Torrasque skin for your zerg Ultralisks in Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, unique Swarm-infested portraits for your StarCraft II character profile, a Baneling pet for your World of Warcraft® characters, and a set of zerg-ified blade wings for your heroes in Diablo® III.

Whether you plan to tear a path of destruction through the all-new Kerrigan-focused single-player campaign or jump right into the multiplayer action with the devastating new units under your command, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your Heart of the Swarm experience. Simply log in to your Battle.net® account and pre-purchase Heart of the Swarm, and you’ll be flagged to automatically download the expansion content prior to launch.

Learn more about Heart of the Swarm

Learn more about the Digital Deluxe Edition

Learn more about the Collector’s Edition

For more details on the March 12 launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, head to the Heart of the Swarm game page to learn more about the expansion and pre-purchase your digital copy.



*When you pre-purchase StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game once it’s available, prior to the game’s release. This content will be unlocked and available for play when the expansion launches on March 12, 2013.

Once I get WOL sorted out (code trouble long story) I intend to beat and than BRING ON HEART OF THE SWARM!!!!!!!



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 Post subject: Re: Heart of the swarm release date confirmed PostPosted: 2012-11-14 04:49pm
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 Post subject: Re: Heart of the swarm release date confirmed PostPosted: 2012-11-14 04:51pm
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Is this the second part with the Zerg focus?



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Is this the second part with the Zerg focus?

Yeah. It's basically the only one in the 3 part sequel trilogy I actually want to play. :lol:



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I am looking forward to it because it is the climax of Kerrigan's story arc. Will she transcend her past and redeem herself or will she fall to darkness?



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 Post subject: Re: Heart of the swarm release date confirmed PostPosted: 2012-11-14 11:20pm
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Well, that depends on what ending you pick, doesn't it? Be careful what flags you hit...



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 Post subject: Re: Heart of the swarm release date confirmed PostPosted: 2012-11-15 09:21am
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Wait, they're going the non-linear route with swarm?

The Liberty campaign had some "choice" stuff in it but the ending was never in question, at least as a choice on the player's part.

I figured that Blizzard actually liked pretty linear storylines, especially with Supply Depot* and all that.

*"Up or down! YOU DECIDE! FIVE MULTICOLORED ENDINGS based on YOUR CHOICES!" (It was their April Fools joke)



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I figured that Blizzard actually liked pretty linear storylines, especially with Supply Depot* and all that.

*"Up or down! YOU DECIDE! FIVE MULTICOLORED ENDINGS based on YOUR CHOICES!" (It was their April Fools joke)

That sounds more like a joke at the expense of Mass Effect 3 than themselves.

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 Post subject: Re: Heart of the swarm release date confirmed PostPosted: 2012-11-16 12:52am
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It was. Sadly, there were, in fact, not five endings. If you never lower the supply depot, the marine just sits there until you do.

Regardless, I don't think we'll see Blizzard going "full-decision" story for Swarm or the expansion after it, it's just not their thing. The choices in Liberty really just enhance replay value and let you experiment around with the campaign. Especially since you can use the mission archive to redo any mission you've already done, or make a different choice that time around.

In fact, they're much like the BW mission as the UED where you either take out the covert ops or the physics labs. Effect on story is practically nil, effect on game play is much more significant. I can't remember if similar mission objectives were in the Zerg and Protoss campaigns in BW, though.



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 Post subject: Re: Heart of the swarm release date confirmed PostPosted: 2012-11-16 02:00pm
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in the 4th toss mission you had to choose one plan or attacking the overmind. thats all i know of



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 Post subject: Re: Heart of the swarm release date confirmed PostPosted: 2012-11-17 01:42pm
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Guys, it was a joke. As far as I know, Blizzard is making all player choice mostly irrelevant again.



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