Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC): Blizzard continues the story of Kerrigan, Queen of Blades, after her attempt to wipe out the humans was unsuccesful. Now with her powers gone and mind free, is Kerrigan free or is she still property of the Zerg?
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Noticed because of a leak on Battle.net today, the expansion to the hit Starcraft 2 will be on store shelves on March 12, 2013. This comes after the expansion was delayed from late 2012 into the first half of 2013.
Apparently, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm will be available for individual purchase for owners of the original full title, Wings of Liberty, or available in a digital deluxe edition that includes both titles for $59.99. The original page does seem to be taken down at the time of writing.
In a post I did on September 16th I warned Starcraft II players that if they were cheating, Blizzard was going to use their Banhammers. A follow up article by IGN they had this to say:
The company revealed this morning through a post on its website that over 5,000 players have been caught cheating.
“In addition to undermining the spirit of fair competition that’s essential to play on Battle.net, cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service.
“Maintaining a stable, safe, and secure online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we’ll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed.”
Like Rockstar cracking down on Red Dead Redemption cheaters, Blizzard is taking down StarCraft II cheaters. The banhammer will start swinging in the “near future” Blizzard said in a statement they released September 14th. If you’re found cheating in anyway, you can be permanently banned. “This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to Battle.net to play StarCraft II with his or her account.” [Source]
“We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, or exploits.” This is definitely a warning you should take heed to.