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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Ships


Blizzard Entertainment confirmed that their real-time strategy, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is available. Here's the official scoop:

Heart of the Swarm picks up the story where StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty left off, focusing on Kerrigan’s quest to reunite the Swarm and exact revenge on Arcturus Mengsk. Over the course of 20 campaign missions, players will follow Kerrigan as she sweeps across the galaxy, incorporating a variety of distinctive zerg species into her brood. Kerrigan will grow in strength from mission to mission, and players will be able to customize her with powerful new abilities, as well as evolve various zerg strains into fearsome new subspecies to suit their play style.

New weapons of war also debut in Heart of the Swarm’s multiplayer, including new units such as Terran Hellbats, Zerg Swarm Hosts, and Protoss Tempests, while certain existing units from Wings of Liberty will be updated with new capabilities. In addition, several new features will enhance the game experience, including group and clan systems; training and versus-A.I. modes, to help new players transition from the campaign into multiplayer; unranked matchmaking; Global Play, enabling players to battle others in different regions around the world; additional stat tracking; user interface improvements; an enhanced physics system, for more visceral-looking battles; “Watch With Others” and “Take Command,” to watch replays with friends as well as jump in and assume control at any point; a leveling system that gives Heart of the Swarm players a new way to earn customization options for their online profiles; and much more.

So, another single-player campaign (which I'm probably going to finish in a few hours) and then... what? I'm supposed to spend days and months even on the multiplayer? Well, I just might do that. Of course, after I've finished watching Lara being impaled, strangled and drowned for the 146th time.


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TrevorOreius Mar 12 2013, 08:42 am EDT
20 missions only? Ouch.
Cheddar Mar 12 2013, 08:58 am EDT
Wings of Liberty had 29 missions. Although several of those missions were very simple. I think my average mission time in WoL was only like 15 minutes or something.


Well regardless, I'm going to replay Brutal Legend on the PC before I even consider playing HotS.
  TrevorOreius: 26 missions, and you were right about the missions be…
Cheddar: It's 29, counting the variant missions.
Whisky Mar 13 2013, 06:21 pm EDT
$40 for about 10 hours of play is pretty steep. Oh wait... no it's cheaper than any console release...
  LostPcGamer: And it only took them 2 years to make an expansion pa…
Cheddar: Yeah. Two years for just 20 -- no doubt 15 minute lo…
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