Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm release date, trailer & cheats rumours
Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm: All the news, release date, updates, rumours, new units, beta, and more. What's in store for Blizzard's upcoming RTS PC title?
Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm has launched at an eSports extravaganza in Versailles.
100,000 viewers tuned in online to watch the launch, and a bunch of professional gamers battle it out.
Right now servers for Europe, Asia and Australia are now up and running - however North American players will have to wait a while.
Heart Of The Swarm is the first expansion pack for Blizzard's critically acclaimed Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) game Starcraft 2: Wings Of Liberty.
Starcraft 2: Opening Cinematic and New Units
Blizzard has begun to amp up the hype surrounding it's ground-breaking Real Time Strategy (RTS) game by releasing its opening cinematic. Here's a taster of what fans can expect this March:
Alongside this drool-worthy footage, Blizzard have released information about the new units for the Terran, Protoss and Zerg races.
The Terrans can add the Widow Mine and Hellbat to their ranks. The former is a terrain-control device that burrows into the ground and launches a missile if an enemy unit approaches it, while the latter is a flame throwing walker than can transform into a fighter jet - much like the Viking.
The Protoss gain Oracles and Mothership Cores. The latter is the stronger of the two, boasting a multitude of attacks including the ability to slow enemy movement speed, long range attacks and the power to recall its units back to the Nexus. Oracles are psionic warships that can detect cloaked units and can fgire devastating Pulse Beam attacks at ground units.
The Zerg see the addition of Vipers and Swarm Hosts. Vipers are new flying units that can blind ranged attacks from enemies, pull units towards their location and gain energy from nearby Zerg structures - at a cost of damage to the structure in question. Swarm Hosts, for their part, are slow ground units that can't affect combat until burrowed. Once this happens, they spawn a continuous stream of units called Locusts which can lay siege to enemy positions.
All the units are subject to change, but, at the time of this writing, they're scheduled to appear in the game's superb multiplayer mode.
Starcraft 2: Heart Of The Swarm Campaign
Heart Of The Swarm’s plot picks up right where the story in Wings Of Liberty left off, with the Zerg/Terran hybrid Kerrigan attempting to take control of the Zerg race.
Starcraft 2: Heart Of The Swarm Features
Besides the new story, the most prominent content Heart Of The Swarm brings to the table is the addition of new units.
Perhaps the biggest addition to the Starcraft 2 package that will come courtesy of Heart Of The Swarm is the game’s Marketplace, a shopping interface that allows players to sell their mods.
Marketplace will operate on a tier-based system, with the best mods being offered for sale with a cut of the revenue going to Blizzard.