Blizzard announced today that the Starcraft 2 expansion Heart of the Swarm will be released on March 12, 2013. If the mere notion of more Stacraft 2 gets you excited, prepare to be blown away, because they also announced several different versions of the expansion for people to purchase. There will be a standard edition available for purchase for $40, but there will be a Collector’s Edition available at retailers and what has been called a Digital Deluxe Edition that you can buy online and will give you all of the in-game items from the Collector’s Edition but none of the physical items. I can already hear some of you asking what all is included in the Collector’s Edition, and I refuse to make you wait any longer to find out. Unfortunately, no price tag has been given to the Collector’s Edition yet.
Torrasque Ultralisk skin, 3 portraits, and 3 decals for Starcraft 2
A Baneling pet for World of Warcraft
Blade wings and banner sigil for Diablo 3
Heart of the Swam art book
Zerg Rush mouse pad
A behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-Ray package
Heart of the Swarm soundtrack CD
If you’re curious as to what the story of this SCII expansion will be, Blizzard has this brief description on their website:
The Queen of Blades is gone. On the hellish planet Char, Jim Raynor harnessed the power of an ancient Xel’Naga artifact in a desperate bid to stop the zerg Swarm from overrunning the Koprulu sector, and the artifact restored Sarah Kerrigan to her human form. Without their queen to guide and unify them, the Swarm has fractured into several broods scattered throughout the Koprulu sector. One of the greatest threats to the galaxy has been neutralized… or so it seems.
Sarah Kerrigan is on the loose. Even without the terrible powers of the Queen of Blades or the might of the Swarm at her command, the former Ghost remains a foe not to be taken lightly. But if the artifact really did set her free, then why is Kerrigan seeking out zerg broods scattered throughout the Koprulu sector? What happened to Jim Raynor? Is she still pursuing her quest for vengeance, or has her transformation given Kerrigan a new purpose?
Who is Sarah Kerrigan?
If you’ve never played Starcraft 2, there’s a very good chance that none of that description made any sense to you. Fortunately, you don’t have to understand what it means to know that it looks awesome. If you check out the Blizzard site and look at some of the different pages, you’ll also see the concept art and some in-game images embedded on the pages. If you’re already drooling uncontrollably, try your best to hold it together until March 12th of next year.
Source: Blizzard official site
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