New details on Heart of the Swarm expansion – release date and price

Sarah Kerrigan - StarCraft

By on November 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

The second instalment for StarCraft II has been given an official release date. Heart of the Swarm will be in stores and available online starting March 12, 2013, at an expected retail price of $39.99 USD.

There will also be a Collector’s Edition of the expansion chock full of digital and physical goodies available for the RRP of $79.99 USD, as well as a Digital Deluxe version available from their site for an expected price of $59.99 USD.

In terms of plot, Heart of the Swarm picks up right where Wings of Liberty took off, continuing the story of the Queen of Blades, Sarah Kerrigan and her revenge against Arcturus Mengsk, fearsome dictator of the Koprulu sector. Players will be able to customise Kerrigan with her own new abilities as well as being able to evolve new zerg subspecies to suit their play style.

The expansion adds new multiplayer units, as well as updating some of the older ones with new abilities. Presales for the digital editions are available from the StarCraft II official site. Check out this press release for more details.

Source: Blizzard.com

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EB is also taking preorders for the game and CE.
https://www.ebgames.com.au/featured/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm

 

palzer0,

EB were taking preorders for heart of the swarm on the release day of sc2, I remember that (first time id ever been told of a pre order for a game without a release date) and they were asking for a lot more than $79.00 usd…

 

I wonder if this will act as a full fledged game unlike Wings of Liberty which clearly was only part of a game. Also wonder if they changed the ending due to that leak ages ago. XD

 

EB are also offering beta access for EB world members that pre-order, though they don’t mention when or how long the the beta will run.

 

exe3:
I wonder if this will act as a full fledged game unlike Wings of Liberty which clearly was only part of a game. Also wonder if they changed the ending due to that leak ages ago. XD

Part of a game? Rightio then.

Good to finally have a release date, I’ll preorder my CE as soon as I have the money.

 

makena,

It had the quantity of a full campaign but not the quality. Everything that wasn’t a main mission screamed irrelevant filler created solely to pad up the campaign. The whole thing felt disjointed to me.

 

revengous:
EB were taking preorders for heart of the swarm on the release day of sc2

Heh, EB were taking pre-orders for GTA V on PC after the first trailer came out over a year ago, online and in store. At some point they’ve quietly removed it, probably since Rockstar recently confirmed an April release only for 360 and PS3.

EB Sales Executive: “There’s a game in development! Quick put it up for pre-order! Any platform! Make a fake cover if you need to!”

https://content.ebgames.com.au/website/images/packshots/154039.jpg_packshot_l.jpg

 

exe3:
I wonder if this will act as a full fledged game unlike Wings of Liberty which clearly was only part of a game. Also wonder if they changed the ending due to that leak ages ago. XD

I thought the Wings of Liberty campaign was great! Some of the dialogue was frankly awful but that’s fine. I really enjoyed it and there’s certainly no doubting the length.

I’m 100% sure they’ll have changed the ending, though!

 

exe3:
makena,

It had the quantity of a full campaign but not the quality. Everything that wasn’t a main mission screamed irrelevant filler created solely to pad up the campaign. The whole thing felt disjointed to me.

I don’t have an emote for it, but I’m rolling my eyes at you right now.

Tim Colwill: I thought the Wings of Liberty campaign was great! Some of the dialogue was frankly awful but that’s fine. I really enjoyed it and there’s certainly no doubting the length.

I’m 100% sure they’ll have changed the ending, though!

My thoughts entirely. I really enjoyed WoL, and am quite looking forward to HoTS.

 

I find it amazing that Blizzard have the nerve to charge an additional $20 AUD for the digital version of their expansion.
Good to see it’s $20 cheaper at ALL retailers (LONG LIVE BRICK AND MORTAR less we all pay $59.99 for a $39.99 expansion.

 

darknode:
I find it amazing that Blizzard have the nerve to charge an additional $20 AUD for the digital version of their expansion.
Good to see it’s $20 cheaper at ALL retailers (LONG LIVE BRICK AND MORTAR less we all pay $59.99 for a $39.99 expansion.

What?

Digital Normal = $40 (Blizzard direct)
Physical Normal = $48 (Eb Games)

Digital Collectors Ed. = $60
Physical Collectors Ed. = $88

Soooo, yeah. What?

 
 
 

Looking forward to this part 2 or 3. I loved the campaign for WoL, and am keen for more Kerrigan :D

The MP is looking to be good from watching the BETA stream. Although it does need quite a bit of tweaking, but they have plenty of time.

 

Worth noting that Bli$$ard are price jacking $5 for Australian customers. At least it isn’t $30 price jack right? Zzz.

$44.95 for normal, $64.95 digital deluxe for Aus.

 

revx:
Worth noting that Bli$$ard are price jacking $5 for Australian customers. At least it isn’t $30 price jack right? Zzz.

$44.95 for normal, $64.95 digital deluxe for Aus.

You can get it for $40 if you chose to upgrade a US copy of the game, $45 if you do your SEA version (If you bought WoL locally originally, it’ll be SEA by default, but you can add the US version at no cost)

 
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