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Heart of the Swarm Information Thread!!

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    ---- Heart of the Swarm Information Thread Part One ----


See Part TWO here: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/2510611710?page=1#10

Looking for the most recent update? Find it HERE: MLG info: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/5730073765

Major Points & News
This section is for the most important information everyone’s looking for – screen shots of
new major features, recent news, and the like.


Blizzcon 2011! Learn more: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/2510611710?page=6#107

Blizzard Attending Gamescom: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/2510611710?page=5#85

Update: The same portion of the campaign that was available to play at the press conference was also available to those attending Gamescom. Not much new information was revealed, except that they hope to launch the map market place with HotS and release Blizzard Allstars (DotA) about the same time.

Heart of the Swarm is officially unveiled as of may 31st! Check out the official page: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/game/heart-of-the-swarm-preview/ and a round up of Heart of the Swarm Previews! Find 10+ previews here! http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/2510611710?page=2#39

Confirmed Information
Any information from reliable sources that isn't too outdated.


  • MLG Info: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/5730073765
  • There WILL be new units. (FAQ: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=228212) What we know of these units so far: http://www.vg247.com/2011/10/23/blizzcon-2011-scii-heart-of-the-swarm-panels-reveal-new-and-existing-unit-changes/ & http://ironhammers.org/?p=8311
  • The Reaper is going to be changed in HotS. (http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/03/04/browder-hints-at-heart-of-the-swarm-updates-emphasises-importance-of-e-sports/) “. . .The players showed us what it (the Reaper) was capable of and we nerfed it into obscurity. This will be addressed in Heart of the Swarm.”
  • HotS will have a separate ladder. (http://games.on.net/article/11645/Stratagems_Dustin_Browder_on_StarCraft_II?page=2) This implies the new units that come with HotS will be separate from WoL.
  • HotS will be priced as an expansion, not as a full game like WoL.


Pictures
Screenshots & Concept Art

  • From Aceanuu@Reddit - From Blizzcon: http://imgur.com/a/rVKUE
  • Silhouettes of new HotS multiplayer were released:
      Zerg: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150421759727457&set=pu.178337772456&type=1&theater
      Protoss: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150432028812457&set=pu.178337772456&type=1&theater
      Terran: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150414630507457&set=pu.178337772456&type=1&theater
  • http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/media/screenshots/?keywords=heart-of-the-swarm


Videos
In-game Footage & Trailers

  • New Terran Units: http://youtu.be/X5nx5jU7Kok
  • New Zerg Units: http://youtu.be/pGeYOtrPDCU
  • New Protoss Units: http://youtu.be/uSUyMlmZNWI
  • HotS Trailer: http://youtu.be/SG_3R9BoVvg
  • Blizzard Dota Trailer: http://youtu.be/Zx1JDEnrVK8
  • Heart of the Swarm - Mission Play-through http://youtu.be/MT9xwLrY1xU
  • Graphics Improvements: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IurLEBNu5Qw


Official FAQ: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/game/heart-of-the-swarm-preview/faq
Extended FAQ: (WIP)


Q: Will there be a Beta?
A: Yes, for Multiplayer only. It will last 3-5 months, probably on the shorter side.

Q: How many campaign missions?
A: Looking at around 20, something like that. It will have the same effect as Frozen Throne vs Reign of Chaos, we feel like we delivered a full featured expansions.

Q: Are there going to be collectors editions units?
A: Not sure, but it's something that will be decided much later in the development cycle
Edited by TheSkunk on 6/11/2012 7:38 AM PDT
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This thread should be liked by everyone.
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Great work!
Edited by Archer on 5/10/2011 7:32 PM PDT
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a seperate ladder for hots? sweet mothership of aiur.
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There will definitely be some people hanging desperately on to their WoL ladder like level 70 WoW twinks or the British monarchy.
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Nice work Skunk :) +1
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I couldn't resist looking at the "leaked" ending. I liked it. Even with the lack of detail and smoothness of a finished product, it was moving.
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05/10/2011 07:34 PMPosted by Grendel
or the British monarchy.


:)
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05/10/2011 07:31 PMPosted by Archer
Great work!

Thanks!

To anyone who was 'tempted' into seeing the leaked ending, sorry! :( I hoped to avoid causing this by not linking to it, but I guess thats not enough.




    ---- BEGIN HEART OF THE SWARM INFORMATION THREAD PART 2 ----


See part ONE: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/2510611710#1


This is an Interviews + Q&A and Rumors Archive.


Interviews + Q&A
General articles on Heart of the Swarm that don't focus on one particular thing.


  • Chris Sigaty Q&A: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=277989

  • Video Interview with Jonny Ebbert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjSH0KontSQ

  • Eurogamer interview (http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-09-01-always-online-with-blizzard-interview)

  • Gamespot Asia Dustin Browder interview (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6325853/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-qanda-with-dustin-browder)

  • HotS Interview with Dustin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTI-zM8P8pw&feature=feedu)

  • Dustin Bowder Emphasises importance of e-sports with HotS (http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/03/04/browder-hints-at-heart-of-the-swarm-updates-%20emphasises-importance-of-e-sports/)

  • Rob Pardo & Dustin Browder Interview (Post-WoL launch - but they say they expect HotS\LotV to be priced as exspansions.) (http://www.starcraft-source.com/article/news/view/?id=261) (http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2010/08/23/starcraft-2-heart-of-the-swarm-update/)

  • Near the end, Q&A section: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=228212 or Video: http://youtu.be/CdVLgDXZLC8

  • Blizzard Insider Interview with Dustin Browder: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/2852733#blog

  • HotS Video Interview: (Part One) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1kNF_ZBeiY&feature=player_embedded (Summary: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=231621&currentpage=2)

  • MLG's JP McDaniel interviews Dustin and David Kim (http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/news/jp-exlusive-interviews-blizzard-browder-kim/)




Rumors
Anything that, although plausible, doesn't come from a good source or might have since changed.

  • Post-Wings of Liberty, Blizzard mentioned the possibility of a drawing function for observers in HotS. (http://www.thewarcenter.net/forum/news-125/blizzchat-developer-chat-on-twitter-312/ )

  • During Blizzcon 2010, Blizzard displayed a short clip of a possible unit for the single player side of HotS. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX5SKD9Es74)

  • A very early stage of the supposed Cinematic ending to HotS was leaked. If it is real, it would SPOIL Heart of the Swarm's story - so I highly recommend not watching it!!
Edited by TheSkunk on 10/23/2011 6:00 AM PDT
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05/10/2011 07:32 PMPosted by Traak
a seperate ladder for hots? sweet mothership of aiur.


"yeah, I don't play on HotS cause it is imbalanced. The WoL ladder is much more balanced"

lol we are going to get some of this when it comes out if this is true.
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05/11/2011 10:05 AMPosted by VPtKm
a seperate ladder for hots? sweet mothership of aiur.


"yeah, I don't play on HotS cause it is imbalanced. The WoL ladder is much more balanced"

lol we are going to get some of this when it comes out if this is true.

Well, people do that for Warcraft. ;)

They are going to fix Reapers? First time I've heard of that.

Yep!

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Yeah I totally had to see the leaked ending once you made a note of it. I highly suspect it's real.
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Oh Wow, "Highly Rated" and its only 1 page. Thanks guys!
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I wonder how they're going to manage balance issues while maintaining 2 different ladder versions.
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05/12/2011 11:55 AMPosted by Jollyrotten
I wonder how they're going to manage balance issues while maintaining 2 different ladder versions.

My guess is they will switch main focus on HotS, and only patch WoL if its really necessary.
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nice, +1 and i liked it
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