Starcraft: Heart of the Swarm

As reported by several websites, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the second in a planned trilogy of games that will together form StarCraft II, is set for release in March, 2013, just a few months away. Polygon explains what fans have to look forward to in March:

Heart of the Swarm will be available at a suggested retail price of $39.99 both in stores and digitally from the official StarCraft 2 website. A collector’s Edition that includes digital and physical bonus items will also be available at select retail stores for $79.99. This includes a behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray, a collector’s edition soundtrack, a hardcover art book and a Zerg Rush mousepad.

Users can receive both Heart of the Swarm and StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty from for a discounted price of $59.99 — a 24 percent discount from its $79.98 price tag when purchased together.

Having not played the first in the StarCraft II trilogy (I guess?), the option of buying both games for sixty bucks is appealing, but it does chafe a bit to pay nearly full price for what is, ostensibly, the second/middle part of a game, regardless of how much content/how many missions are available in each ‘part.’ Just a matter of branding, though, I suppose. StarCraft: Wings of Liberty, StarCraft: Heart of the Swarm, and StarCraft: Legacy of the Void wouldn’t seem so bad, would it?

  • Jeff November 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I have played Blizzard’s WC/SC games since WC 1 way back in the mid nineties. The games are well worth the price. You really shouldn’t just buy them for the single player campaigns. It’s all about the free online multi-player games. If it is anything like the SC 1 Brood Wars release, or the WC3 Frozen Throne release, HoTS will completely change the game play. I’m so excited!

  • Raphael January 1, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Even disregarding multiplayer, you get more in terms of story, playing time and fun in one third of SC2 than you get in many a “full” game.