StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Collector's Edition - briefly|
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Blizzard has announced a release date for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, in addition to the collector's edition content. The game will be released on March 12th and priced at $39.99 for the standard edition, $79.99 for the collector's edition. oth versions include the Torrasque (a new appearance for Ultralisks), Battle.net portraits, a Baneling pet for World of Warcraft, and blade wings and a banner for Diablo III. The collector's edition also comes with a behind the scenes DVD and Blu-ray, soundtrack CD, a hardcover art book and a zerg rush mousepad.
STARCRAFT® II: HEART OF THE SWARM™ INFESTS STORES MARCH 12, 2013
Next chapter of Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft® II saga introduces
key new online features and continues the epic story of Kerrigan, Queen
Heart of the Swarm™ Digital Deluxe and retail Collector's Editions
Digital presales NOW LIVE at StarCraft2.com
IRVINE, Calif. – November 13, 2012 – Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today
announced that StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™, the first expansion
to Blizzard's award-winning real-time strategy game StarCraft® II:
Wings of Liberty®, will be available in stores and online beginning
March 12, 2013. 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. It also
introduces several new multiplayer units and features that enhance the
acclaimed StarCraft II online experience.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will be available on DVD-ROM for
Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7/Windows® 8 and Macintosh® at a
suggested retail price of $39.99 USD. The expansion will also be
available digitally directly from Blizzard's StarCraft II website
(www.StarCraft2.com) at an expected price of $39.99 USD.
Blizzard is offering a Collector's Edition of Heart of the Swarm loaded
with digital and physical bonus items, available exclusively at select
retail stores for a suggested retail price of $79.99 USD. Players will
also have the option of purchasing a Digital Deluxe version of the
expansion, which will include all of the digital items from the
Collector's Edition. The Digital Deluxe version will be available
directly from Blizzard via www.StarCraft2.com at an expected price of
$59.99 USD. 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 USD.
Presales for the standard digital and Digital Deluxe versions of Heart
of the Swarm are now available. Players who would like to purchase
either version and be ready to play the moment the expansion launches
can do so now by visiting www.StarCraft2.com. For players who
prepurchase, the expansion content will automatically be digitally
delivered via StarCraft II's streaming launcher prior to the release of
Heart of the Swarm. Players who would like to preorder the standard box
or the retail-exclusive Collector's Edition can do so by visiting their
"With Heart of the Swarm, our goal has been to expand on the
multiplayer action and cinematic storytelling of Wings of Liberty,"
said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.
"Combined with features like unranked matchmaking and our new leveling
system, this expansion elevates the StarCraft II experience for players
of all skill levels."
The Digital Deluxe version of Heart of the Swarm includes a full
digital copy of the expansion along with the following in-game bonus
StarCraft II Torrasque: Crush the enemies of the Swarm with the
indomitable Torrasque, a fearsome new look for your zerg Ultralisks.
StarCraft II Battle.net® Portraits and Decals: New Swarm-infested
Battle.net portraits and decals help you customize the look of your
online profile and in-game army.
World of Warcraft® In-Game Pet: The Baneling companion pet is bursting
with enthusiasm and ready to explode onto the Pet Battles scene.
Diablo® III Blade Wings and Banner Sigil: Grow zerg-like wings in honor
of the Queen of Blades, and unfurl an exclusive banner sigil to mark
your allegiance to the Swarm in Sanctuary.
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, in addition to the content from the Digital Deluxe version:
Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray: Immerse yourself in the StarCraft
universe with developer commentary, interviews with voice actors, and
an in-depth historical retrospective on StarCraft's eSports legacy
narrated by key members of the community.
Collector's Edition Soundtrack CD: Enhance your Heart of the Swarm
musical experience with this collection of more than a dozen tracks
from the game.
Heart of the Swarm Hardcover Art Book: This 144-page tome features
never-before-seen art from the expansion, including early concept
sketches and meticulous 3D renderings.
Zerg Rush Mousepad: This Collector's Edition mousepad depicts the
Terran Dominion holding out desperately under the onslaught of the
Heart of the Swarm picks up the story of StarCraft II where 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
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. New features will enhance the
game experience, including group and clan systems; 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; multiplayer replays, to watch replays with friends; a
leveling system that gives Heart of the Swarm players a new way to earn
customization options for their online profiles; and much more.
Heart of the Swarm has received a Teen rating from the ESRB. In
addition to the English version, Heart of the Swarm will be fully
localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French,
German, European Spanish, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese,
Italian, and Polish. Availability of Heart of the Swarm in mainland
China will be announced at a later date.
To learn more about StarCraft II and Heart of the Swarm, visit the
official website at www.StarCraft2.com. To set up a Battle.net account
and to opt-in to Blizzard Entertainment beta tests, please visit the
official Battle.net website at www.battle.net.
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