StarCraft Series News


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.


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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...


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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...


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StarCraft 2 gives free name change because you can't buy one yet

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 14, 2013 9:00am PST

Bad news, Dethkilla69[420]! You still can't pay to change the name on your StarCraft II account. But good news, Dethkilla69[420]! To apologise for not adding that long-promised paid option, Blizzard is offering everyone a free name change. Arise, Dethkilla69#YOLO.


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Shack PSA: Battle.net World Championship kicks off tonight

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 16, 2012 10:15am PST

A gathering of the world's finest StarCraft 2 and World of Warcraft Arena players are fighting to the virtual death at Blizzard's own Battle.net World Championship this weekend. While the event is both in China and sold out, perhaps making it a little tricky for you to atten...


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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.


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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...


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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...


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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm getting beta XP and leveling test

By Steve Watts, Oct 26, 2012 7:30am PDT

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is getting a major beta patch soon, which will allow testers to try out the new XP and leveling systems.


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Blizzard looking into free-to-play Starcraft

By Steve Watts, Sep 24, 2012 3:00pm PDT

StarCraft 2 lead designer Dustin Browder says the company is looking into the possibility of F2P for the multiplayer, but doesn't know how to monetize the idea.


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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta begins

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 05, 2012 8:15am PDT

An explosion of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is already filling our eyes and ears, as Blizzard sent out the first round of beta invites yesterday. Don't rush to your inbox, as you're probably not special enough to be allowed in yet, but those lucky few have already start...


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Analyst: StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm likely delayed to 2013

By John Keefer, Jul 31, 2012 9:30am PDT

In preparation for Activision Blizzard's Q1 earnings report on Thursday, Cowan & Company analyst Doug Creutz expects Blizzard may delay StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm to 2013.


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StarCraft 2 designer discusses Wii U, PlayStation Move challenges

By Steve Watts, Jun 19, 2012 9:30am PDT

StarCraft 2 lead designer Dustin Browder talks about the company's experiments with console ports, as it relates to its philosophy of ease and simplicity.


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Starcraft: Ghost 'just as likely' as Lost Vikings 3, says Blizzard

By Steve Watts, Jun 19, 2012 8:45am PDT

Starcraft 2 lead designer Dustin Browder says no one at Blizzard ever talks about bringing back Starcraft: Ghost, making its revival "just as likely" as Lost Vikings 3.


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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm matches shown

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 11, 2012 7:30am PDT

Blizzard is showing off the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion in a 24-minute demonstration match, with the Protoss and Zerg both showing off their new units.


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