StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm 'gameplay' trailer

Blizzard Entertainment has released a short trailer featuring in-game footage and cinematic clips for the upcoming continuation of the StarCraft series -- StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.

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Soon after our StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm preview went live this morning, Blizzard Entertainment sent over a trailer featuring a medley of in-game footage and clips from the game's cinematics.

Like our preview, the footage focuses on the single-player campaign of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, which stars the Queen of Blades (A.K.A. Kerrigan) as the game's primary "hero."

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm does not have a release date; however, Blizzard promised the game will arrive by at least 2012. Is it, after all, one of a handful of project's on the developer's plate at the moment.

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    May 31, 2011 2:30 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm 'gameplay' trailer.

    Blizzard Entertainment has released a short trailer featuring in-game footage and cinematic clips for the upcoming continuation of the StarCraft series -- StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.

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      May 31, 2011 2:56 PM

      Certainly looks better than Wings of Bad.

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      May 31, 2011 3:05 PM

      I wonder if they will have Duran in there.

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      May 31, 2011 3:54 PM

      I guess I got spoiled by voice acting in Valve's games, but I think it sounds pretty bad, especially Kerrigan.

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      May 31, 2011 4:26 PM

      Same as Starcraft 2 tho, just different campaign? Full price? I don't get it.

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        May 31, 2011 4:31 PM

        Expansion pack price, like Frozen Throne

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          May 31, 2011 4:33 PM

          Plus new mp units, which is why everyone will buy it

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          May 31, 2011 9:05 PM

          Blizzard Expansion pack price so +$40.00

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      May 31, 2011 6:13 PM

      It's going to take a collector's edition of ridiculous awesomeness for me to bite on this game. I haven't even got through more than 5 missions on the 1st starcraft 2.

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      May 31, 2011 6:16 PM

      i read "Blizzard Entertainment has released a short trailer" and got excited then i read the rest and said oh

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      May 31, 2011 6:33 PM

      Do we know the pricing? I don't want to spend 40+ for this.

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      May 31, 2011 7:08 PM

      i want my fucking diablo 3

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        May 31, 2011 8:39 PM

        I want them to finish SC2 first. >:(

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        June 1, 2011 1:09 AM

        i don't think there's much crossover on the teams so i'd say sc2 won't have much impact on it, that said i think d3 will be out early next year, well before this expac.

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      May 31, 2011 9:24 PM

      This is a question from someone who doesnt play much if any SC2.

      What, if anything, can they add other than a SP campaign to make this feel fresh to people who are very familiar and burned out on the MP game? Pretty much everyone knows how to build and min/max with the Zerg already as they've been using them for quite a long time already.

      Are they going to be adding new units to make it feel fresh to people?

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        May 31, 2011 9:31 PM

        If I had to guess I would say Blizz is going to be adding at least a handful of new units to each race, along with these units' upgrades, buildings, etc. I'd also expect new maps as well.

        Also, if the campaign is as long as Wing of Liberty (and written a little better) I will be a happy camper.

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          June 1, 2011 1:11 AM

          i'll be shocked if the campaign isn't at least as long as the first one, that's their main reason for releasing the 3 race campaigns separately (and yeah, more money ofc, but while they charge more than everyone else for everything they do try and make it worth the dollars)

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        May 31, 2011 9:44 PM

        they'll add a new unit or 2 to each race.

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        June 1, 2011 6:20 AM

        Yes they're adding new MP units, and if warranted they might make bigger changes as well. They've mentioned the expansion is their opportunity to make more sweeping changes if need be, like replacing existing units.

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        June 1, 2011 6:29 AM

        new units, new maps, launching the battle net store for map authors to sell their stuff (which should produce some high quality stuff).

        Pretty much everyone knows how to build and min/max with the Zerg already as they've been using them for quite a long time already.

        This is pretty much false. the meta game for SC2 changes with each patch and as new builds emerge. this is why the game stays popular for so long.

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      May 31, 2011 9:37 PM

      Am I the only one who is cool with them charging full (~$60) price for the new single player campaign (new units, mechanics, story) and a handful of changes for multiplayer? I don't find it necessary for them to pump a new engine out or something else ridiculous to justify full game price.

      Maybe the developer community has just brainwashed me : /

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        May 31, 2011 9:55 PM

        Honestly I have no enthusiasm for the single player at all, so any money I have to pay to gain access for that seems like a waste to me. I feel like this is actually an example of where the DLC model is superior to the expansion model. I don't want to pay for the single player campaign. You do. Why not let me buy the cheaper DLC that just has the MP units, instead of forcing me to buy a campaign i have no interest in.

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          May 31, 2011 10:06 PM

          I could get behind that. Multiplayer-only DLC that adds the few units in and whatever other changes. Maybe they could do both!

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            May 31, 2011 10:07 PM

            Yeah, no reason why they couldn't have a MP-only DLC and a Campaign DLC, with a discount for those who get both.

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        June 1, 2011 12:19 AM

        Nah man, for the quality we're getting, it's perfectly reasonable. Don't let these butthurts get you down, they're what give PC Gamers a bad name, whining and demanding all kinds.

        Yet these same people will buy CoD/FiFA/PES year in, year out. Hypocrits, man.

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        June 1, 2011 1:14 AM

        i'm not cool with them charging the same again, simply because with the engine done they are not putting anywhere near as much development hours into this. i see where you're coming from and i'd probably still grit my teeth and pay full price if it was $60 (or probably $80 australian, bleh) but i'd still feel ripped off.

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          June 1, 2011 3:57 AM

          Stop talking trash if you have no idea how AAA-development works. Do you think the engine is the highest cost in development for these titles? It's not even 20% of the cost. Assembling all the art and marketing is the costly part.

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        June 1, 2011 6:08 AM

        every interview has asked what they will charge, and they have said standard expansion pricing will apply

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        June 1, 2011 12:44 PM

        Not at all... I really enjoyed the first SP campaign (I only play SP starcraft), and will happily pay for this one as well. :)

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      May 31, 2011 9:53 PM

      Does anyone remember a campaign specific unit that you wanted to see in multiplayer? I honestly can't think of any that I enjoyed that aren't already in the makeup but better, ie medics.

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        June 1, 2011 1:11 AM

        tychus

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        June 1, 2011 1:16 AM

        medics would be pretty good still since they're a tier 1.5 unit rather than having to build a spaceport.

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          June 1, 2011 5:29 AM

          medics would be a huge boost to early infantry. One of the reasons infantry is balanced right now is that you can't get healing for awhile

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          June 1, 2011 5:56 AM

          that would terribly imbalance an already imbalanced race.

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        June 1, 2011 6:08 AM

        Specters and the big carrier ship

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        June 1, 2011 6:54 AM

        Here's the list. The one I remember the most that had a unique gameplay style was the Diamondback. It felt a little like a Phoenix on the ground. I'm sure it will depend a lot on what they come up with for units for the other races though. i.e. If we get some some weak swarmy unit for Zerg, maybe the Firebat will make more sense than it does now. The one that is the easiest to imagine fitting in right away would be the Goliath, but I get your point that Thors and tanks kind of cover their specialty already.

        http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Category:StarCraft_II_Terran_campaign_units

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          June 1, 2011 7:24 AM

          I bet select would love the big drop ship to be added on (I think it is select who is known for "dropping" in)

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      June 1, 2011 5:48 AM

      lol sell the same game 3 times with content patches-_-

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        June 1, 2011 5:58 AM

        For the glory of Bobby Kotick!

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      June 1, 2011 6:35 AM

      these guys and valve get away with murder. Do some work and give us games!! :-)

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      June 1, 2011 6:47 AM

      Literally the only difference between this and previous Blizzard RTS expansions is that the campaign is focused on a single race. I don't understand why people still think it might be full price or are still griping about it being singleplayer only.

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        June 1, 2011 7:33 AM

        because they are stupid

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        June 1, 2011 7:37 AM

        Because Blizzard initially said they would be 3 full priced packages - with the content of 3 games spread over the course of it.

        If Blizzard maintains that 60$ full pricepoint on HOTS, despite being 9 levels shorter, people may be pissed.
        I don't really care, if they just make the gameplay better in single player, SC2 had some flaws.

        • Zek legacy 10 years
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          June 1, 2011 7:48 AM

          I don't believe they ever said anything like that.

          http://www.shacknews.com/article/55267/starcraft-2-now-a-trilogy

          The only confusing aspect was their confusing phrasing when they said it was "split" rather than just saying that each campaign focuses on a single race.

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          June 1, 2011 7:48 AM

          its irrelevant, because blizzard has already said in each interview that its viewed as an expansion and will be at expansion pricing.

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            June 1, 2011 7:54 AM

            and blizzard never actually said that zerg/toss expansions would be full price, only that they were designing each campaign to be the length of a stand alone game.

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          June 1, 2011 7:51 AM

          They mentioned during the GSL interview this is one of the things they are doing a lot of work at fixing because there are a few missions where a lot of players would stop playing and not finish the SP campaign.

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        June 1, 2011 7:44 AM

        perhaps you've heard that blizzard is owned by activision now? And that activision is run by Bobby Kotick?

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