You’ve waited as long as we have for this day, and it has finally come. After making Starcraft II players wait for what seemed like an eternity, Blizzard announced just a few hours ago that the Heart of the Swarm beta version should be available for testing “very soon.” What Blizzard means exactly by “soon”, we don’t exactly know, but to give you an idea of what gaming companies (and tech companies in general) usually mean, “soon” is usually their way of saying it may be a while before the new product is out. Nonetheless, this is news we’ve been awaiting since God knows when, so we shouldn’t be complaining much.
In the official announcement blog post, Blizzard firmly set expectations that this will be strictly a multiplayer beta test. And there’s a chance only a few new players will be selected to test Heart of the Swarm out, as Blizzard may be focusing on previous beta testers. According to the blog post, “We will begin with a select group, including many players who assisted us in testing Patch 1.5, as well as some pro-gamers and press. Over time, we will add more and more testers into the mix.”
Several new Terran, Protoss and Zerg units will be introduced in Heart of the Swarm, including the Battle Hellion, Oracle, Swarm Host, Tempest, Viper, Warhound and Widow Mine. These units were unveiled two months ago, and the Widow Mine is probably the most significant newcomer in this bunch. These are mines that automatically blow up after walking around a bit, and could be an even better source of AoE damage than its predecessor, the Terran Shredder. Those who want to take part in the beta test would have to opt in through their Battle.net account, however opting in is not a guarantee one will be chosen to participate. We hope that Blizzard really means “soon” with regards to the beta test, because this installment of Starcraft II has really been a long time coming.