“Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm” release date announced!


The long awaited expansion to Blizzard’s Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty is just around the corner, and it is about time.  The Zerg expsansion, appropriately titled “Starcraft 2: Heart of The Swarm” will focus on Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, and her adventures with the Zerg race.  Fight the swarm on March 12th, 2013.

There will be a digital deluxe and collectors edition.  Here is what you will find in both of them (click links for more details).

Collectors Edition:

  • Starcraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ PC/Mac Game
  • Torrasque Ultralisk Skin, 3 Portraits,
    and 3 Decals in StarCraft® II
  • A Baneling Pet in World of Warcraft®
  • Blade Wings & Banner Sigil in Diablo® III
  • Heart of the Swarm Art Book
  • Zerg Rush Mouse Pad
  • Behind the Scenes Blu-ray™ / DVD set
  • Collector’s Edition Soundtrack

Digital Deluxe:

  • Torrasque Ultralisk Skin, 3 Portraits,
    and 3 Decals in StarCraft® II
  • A Baneling Pet in World of Warcraft®
  • Blade Wings & Banner Sigil in Diablo® III

Here is Blizzard’s official announcement:

Prepare for the approaching Swarm…. On March 12, 2013, StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ launches around the world, igniting an intergalactic storm of intense strategic combat and opening a savage new chapter in the war between terran, protoss, and zerg. You can pre-purchase the expansion NOW directly through Battle.net® and be ready to play the moment it goes live.

In addition to the Standard Edition and retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items, you’ll also have the option to upgrade a Standard Edition to the Digital Deluxe Edition, which comes equipped with all the in-game content from the physical Collector’s Edition, including a Torrasque skin for your zerg Ultralisks in Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, unique Swarm-infested portraits for your StarCraft II character profile, a Baneling pet for your World of Warcraft® characters, and a set of zerg-ified blade wings for your heroes in Diablo® III.

Whether you plan to tear a path of destruction through the all-new Kerrigan-focused single-player campaign or jump right into the multiplayer action with the devastating new units under your command, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your Heart of the Swarm experience. Simply log in to your Battle.net® account and pre-purchase Heart of the Swarm, and you’ll be flagged to automatically download the expansion content prior to launch.

For more details on the March 12 launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, head to the Heart of the Swarm game page to learn more about the expansion and pre-purchase your digital copy. 

*When you pre-purchase StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game once it’s available, prior to the game’s release. This content will be unlocked and available for play when the expansion launches on March 12, 2013.



About Author

Shaun Hilton is a passionate and life-long gamer, to say the least. He spent many years as the raid leader and main tank for a World of Warcraft guild, is an active Overwatch and Hearthstone player, and enjoys a game or two of Heroes of the Storm.

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