StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta ending March 1

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.

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The beta test for the second piece of StarCraft 2 is coming to a close soon. Blizzard announced that StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm's beta will close on March 1, to pave the way for the official launch of the game. A private beta test will continue until the game goes live on March 12.

The announcement thanks the community for its support, and says it hopes for more feedback in the remaining three weeks. That should serve as your marching orders, not that it should be too difficult to convince anyone to play some more StarCraft.

This will be the second of three planned StarCraft 2 releases. The third game, Legacy of the Void, will focus on the Protoss race. The last we heard, it was tentatively planned to hit by the end of 2014.

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    February 11, 2013 8:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta ending March 1.

    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.

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      February 11, 2013 8:34 AM

      I hope Company of Heroes 2 gets some RTS love despite it being released a few weeks after this.

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        February 11, 2013 8:38 AM

        FWIW, I am far more excited about COH2 than I about HOTS.

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        February 11, 2013 8:45 AM

        Says who? There is no official release date for CoH2, and since THQ went bankrupt, I doubt the previous plan still holds. :(

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        February 11, 2013 8:54 AM

        From what I've read, CoH-2 sounds like a complete mess of a game with a poorly implemented cash shop that has a combination of pay-to-win and pay-to-advance items along with shoddy balance typical of Relic games.

        I loved the original CoH, so much so that I was in the top 5 ladder several for several seasons. I even got a Relic T-shirt for staying in the top 5. However, OF pretty much killed the game for a huge number of top players and ToV put the final nail in the coffin as far I was concerned.

        Relic makes great RTS games but they don't know or are not able to balance their games correctly.

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      February 11, 2013 8:48 AM

      I wonder if it will sell as well as SC2-1. They worked a full 3 years on an addon title, that couldn't have been cheap. There's probabyl a lot less excitement for yet another SC2 title now though.

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      February 11, 2013 8:50 AM

      Its going to be a long wait for all 3 campaigns :(

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        February 11, 2013 8:58 AM

        After the first campaign, do you really have any enthusiasm for the story? Or is it just the min-game aspect of the maps?

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          February 11, 2013 9:10 AM

          I never played the first campaign because I don't want to spend over $100 for the 3 campaigns. I'll wait for the big complete box when its done.

          I like single player starcraft but never got into multiplayer.

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            February 11, 2013 9:15 AM

            I really enjoyed the Starcraft 1 single player campaigns, but I was incredibly disappointed by the Starcraft 2 single player story. The maps had decent gimmicks, but I never felt like I participating in or watching important events take place.

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              February 11, 2013 11:13 AM

              I'm replaying the original SC campaigns again, I love it. We'll see if I'm brave enough to try Brood War. That was damn hard.

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          February 11, 2013 9:24 AM

          The story was shit but it was still fun to play the missions, lots of variety even if they were rather easy. Upgrading units and having crazy imba stuff thanks to being seperate from the multiplayer tech tree was also great.
          Yeah I am very much looking forward to HOTS.

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            February 11, 2013 9:39 AM

            this is my feeling. The game play in the campaign was a ton of fun so I expect hots to be even more fun since zerg > terran

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            February 11, 2013 10:53 AM

            This. I've played practically every RTS out there and the SC2 campaign had the best variety of fun missions I've played in a long time. The only other thing that was comparable was surprisingly the C&C: Uprising set of RISK-missions (not the main campaign!). I also loved the boss fights in DOW2.

            Also, I love getting to the cinematic cut scenes between missions.

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      February 11, 2013 9:07 AM

      At first I thought it was just another expansion with a high price tag, but seening what they have done to the game engine, user expeirence and other details this is going to be a great expansion for any SC2 fan.

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