Gamers and fans of the hit game StarCraft II can mark March 11, 2013 on their calendars, when the next chapter of the strategy game centered on the epic story of Kerrigan, Queen of Blades, comes out.
Blizzard Entertainment Inc. said "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm," is the first expansion to "StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty."
"Heart of the Swarm features a new campaign continuing the epic story of Sarah Kerrigan, Queen of Blades, as she gathers the remnants of the zerg Swarm and plots her revenge against the treacherous dictator of the Koprulu sector, Arcturus Mengsk," Blizzard said.
It added the latest chapter will see the debut of several new multiplayer units and features that enhance the StarCraft II online experience.
The game will be available on DVD-ROM for PCs running Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, and for Macs for P1,795 —or online (www.StarCraft2.com) at $39.99.
“With Heart of the Swarm, our goal has been to expand on the multiplayer action and cinematic storytelling of Wings of Liberty. Combined with features like unranked matchmaking and our new leveling system, this expansion elevates the StarCraft II experience for players of all skill levels,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.
Blizzard said "Heart of the Swarm" focuses on Kerrigan's quest to reunite the Swarm and exact revenge on Arcturus Mengsk.
Players can follow Kerrigan in 20 campaign missions 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," Blizzard said.
New weapons of war also debut, including Terran Hellbats, Zerg Swarm Hosts, and Protoss Tempests.
Existing units from Wings of Liberty will be updated with new capabilities.
Heart of the Swarm has received a Teen rating from the ESRB, and will be localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Italian, and Polish.
Collector's, deluxe editions
Blizzard is also offering a Collector's Edition of "Heart of the Swarm," loaded with digital and physical bonus items.
This edition will be available exclusively at select retail stores for P4,995.
On the other hand, a Digital Deluxe version includes all of the digital items from the Collector's Edition at $59.
"Players who purchase the standard edition digitally or at retail will have the option to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe version at any time (for as long as the standalone Digital Deluxe version remains available) for an additional $20," Blizzard said.
Meanwhile, presales for the standard digital and Digital Deluxe versions of Heart of the Swarm are now available.
Players who wish to purchase either version and be ready to play as soon as the expansion launches can do so now by visiting www.StarCraft2.com.
As for players who prepurchase, the expansion content will automatically be digitally delivered via StarCraft II’s streaming launcher before the release of Heart of the Swarm.
Deluxe version bonuses
Blizzard said the Digital Deluxe version will include in-game bonus items, including:
- StarCraft II Torrasque, a fearsome new look for your zerg Ultralisks. - World of Warcraft In-Game Pet - StarCraft II Battle.net Portraits and Decals - Diablo III Blade Wings and Banner Sigil
The Collector’s Edition of Heart of the Swarm includes the full version of the game on DVD-ROM and contains the following exclusive bonus items:
- Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray - Collector’s Edition Soundtrack CD - Heart of the Swarm Hardcover Art Book - Zerg Rush Mousepad
— TJD, GMA News