StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm coming March 12th

StarCraft II players have been waiting a long time for the first expansion pack to Blizzard's RTS sequel and now they have a date to look forward to. Blizzard announced today that StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will be released on March 12th, 2013, nearly three years after the main game was launched in July 2010.

The expansion will focus on the bug-like alien Zerg as well as the mysterious StarCraft character Sarah Kerrigan, one of the franchises' most popular figures. Heart of the Swarm will be released in a Standard Edition, both in retail stores and via download, for $39.99.

Blizzard will also release a Digital Deluxe version of the game for $59.99, which will have a number of exclusive in-game items as well as special items for use in Blizzard's two other current games, World of Warcraft and Diablo III.

Finally, the company will release a retail Collector's Edition of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm for $79.99 that will have all of the in-game content of the Digital Deluxe edition, plus some real world extras such as the game's soundtrack on CD, a behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-Ray, a hardcover art book and a mouse pad with a Zerg design.

Source: Blizzard press release | Image via Blizzard

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I thought for sure it was coming this year, but hey, with this type of game, the more polish they can put into it the better. WoL is a fine game as-is. It has flaws, undeniably (late game ZvP in particular), but it has produced an exciting and always-evolving metagame since its release. Looking forward to a few more WoL GSLs.

I'm kind of over Blizzard these days, MoP, Diablo III, they have slipped into mediocity and I don't care what the numbers say, sales numbers don't equate to quality and taking how many years to ship a damn expansion..I'll be waiting till 2015 to see how this all ends at this rate.

The above rant aside I unfortunately love their storylines and will therefore have to get this, glad it finally got a date.

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