StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

PC, MAC / Strategy / Release: Mar 12, 2013 / ESRB: U

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer review: push the tempo

By Andrew Groen, Mar 18, 2013 9:00am PDT

Is Heart of the Swarm the Brood War of StarCraft 2? It's going to take years before we have any idea if it will live up to that daunting legacy, but it's off to a good start. At the very least this provides a great boost to the community as we begin the long wait for the nex...


StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm single-player review: killer Kerrigan

By John Keefer, Mar 15, 2013 11:30am PDT

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is a more than competent followup to Wings of Liberty. The game stays true to the RTS basics Blizzard has established and has become so popular in the series, with new units and a varied evolution system that allows for multiple replays. If yo...


Reminder: StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm needs Wings of Liberty

By John Keefer, Mar 11, 2013 6:45am PDT

If you are getting yourself ready for tonight 12:01 a.m. PT launch of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, just a reminder: Make sure you have StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty still installed on your PC. This will not be a standalone expansion.


StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void story, mission development already under way

By John Keefer, Mar 07, 2013 2:22pm PST

With StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm scheduled to rollout March 12, Blizzard is already developing the scripting, story and missions for the Protoss-focused expansion Legacy of the Void, according to Game Director Dustin Browder.


StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm trailer shows Kerrigan's vengeance

By John Keefer, Feb 26, 2013 1:15pm PST

Sarah Kerrigan may no longer be the Queen of Blades and leader of the Zerg in StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, but the former Ghost sure has a lot of pent up anger she needs to vent in the newest trailer from Blizzard for the game, entitled Vengeance.


StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm trailer details eSports improvements

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 21, 2013 2:30pm PST

Blizzard has added a lot of snazzy features to StarCraft 2 in preparation for the expansion Heart of the Swarm, and yesterday dropped a new trailer demonstrating the shiny additions for multiplayer and eSports. Goodbye, epic matches being scrapped after one player crashes, a...


BlizzCon returning November 8-9

By Steve Watts, Feb 19, 2013 10:00am PST

Blizzard has announced that BlizzCon will be returning on November 8-9 this year.


StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta ending March 1

By Steve Watts, Feb 11, 2013 8:15am PST

StarCraft 2's "Heart of the Swarm" beta test will end on March 1, to pave the way for the game's March 12 launch.


StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm trailer details multiplayer options

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 08, 2013 8:15am PST

Playing real-time strategy games competitively online can be downright terrifying, so StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm hopes to ease players in gently. A new video shows off the redesigned multiplayer menu system and various helper systems intended to stop you from swearing o...


Blizzard All-Stars held up by new business model

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 22, 2013 11:30am PST

We haven't heard much from Blizzard's own entry into the Dota clone arena, Blizzard All-Stars, since the developer settled/lost its trademark dispute with Valve, but fear not, "it's still actively being worked on." That's the word from StarCraft II production director Chris ...


StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm opening cinematic invades

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 22, 2013 6:00am PST

The second chapter of the StarCraft II trilogy kicks off on March 12 with the launch of SC2: Heart of the Swarm, but you can have a peek at how that starts today as Blizzard has released the opening cinematic. Kerrigan may be de-Zergified now, but is she beyond the pull of t...


Most Anticipated 2013: John's Picks

By John Keefer, Dec 31, 2012 9:00am PST

The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2013 individually. Next up, we've got managing editor John Keefer with his list of 2013 titles.


StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm coming March 12

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 13, 2012 6:40am PST

The Zerg will rush onto PC and Mac in StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm on March 13, 2013, publisher Activision announced this morning. The expansion will come in three editions, ranging from $40 to $80 depending on how much extra gubbins you want with your sci-fi RTS.


StarCraft 2 opening up global servers

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 12, 2012 11:15am PST

When StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty launched over two years ago, Blizzard saw fit to lock players up in regional servers, unable to play with all their chums from the four corners of this flat Earth. After years of grumbling from players, Blizzard is finally preparing to cha...


StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm clans detailed

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 31, 2012 11:00am PDT

Gangs are cool, we all know. Little in life is more enjoyable than getting together with your chums, slapping yourselves with tags and symbols, then performing acts of unspeakable violence. When StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launches, you'll be able to form the video game...