If you picked up a physical copy of the game, login to the account management page and claim your game key
included in the box (Collector’s Edition: Sticker found on the ‘Quickstart guide’/ Regular Edition: Sticker found on the main sleeve holding the game ). Please note that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is required to play Heart of the Swarm.
If you upgraded directly online or if you have already claimed your key, run the game launcher and start the File Optimization (see below
Heart of the Swarm does not require an installation. If you have the latest Wings of Liberty patch (220.127.116.1192
) , and have gone through the file optimization, you already have all the necessary files to play the game the expansion.
If you have not gone through the file optimization process, start the game launcher and wait for the process to complete (see below
For returning players that need to install, you can use your Heart of the Swarm disk or grab the game installer via account management
If you played the Beta, we recommend completely removing the beta folder.Patching
Patching is not required. If you have gone through the file optimization
process, you are ready for the expansion launch.