We’ve just launched our official Heart of the Swarm launch event website. You can head right over to it and start preparing for the global launch party that will be taking place on March 12.
All around the world, we’re hosting launch events that will include unique eSports showmatches, box signings, special guests, and surprises that we don’t want to spoil just yet. We’re really looking forward to seeing you on March 12 as we celebrate the launch of Heart of the Swarm.
We are pleased to present the opening cinematic for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm in full HD glory!
The Queen of Blades is gone. On the hellish planet Char, Jim Raynor harnessed the power of an ancient Xel’Naga artifact in a desperate bid to stop the Zerg Swarm from overrunning the Koprulu sector, and the artifact restored Sarah Kerrigan to her human form. Without their queen to guide and unify them, the Swarm has fractured into several broods scattered throughout the Koprulu sector. One of the greatest threats to the galaxy has been neutralized... or so it seems.
On March 12, 2013, the release of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will answer many questions for players around the world, but many more questions remain.
Sarah Kerrigan is on the loose. Even without the terrible powers of the Queen of Blades or the might of the Swarm at her command, the former Ghost remains a foe not to be taken lightly. But if the artifact really did set her free, then why is Kerrigan seeking out Zerg broods scattered throughout the Koprulu sector? Is she still pursuing her quest for vengeance, or has her transformation given Kerrigan a new purpose?
We are pleased to present the opening cinematic for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm in full HD glory. Whether you ultimately choose to play as Protoss, Terran, or Zerg, you simply must ask yourself one question:
Who is Sarah Kerrigan?
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased the Cinder Kitten pet, we’ve raised a total of more than $2.3 million USD to support the American Red Cross’s ongoing Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. In December, we announced that for every Cinder Kitten purchased by December 31, 2012, 100% of the adoption fee would be going to assist victims of this disaster -- and the community embraced this fiery feline in droves, helping out a great cause in the process. Thanks again to everyone who helped make a difference.
Looking for great stocking stuffers for your friends or guildmates? Blizzard’s got you covered. For a limited time only, you can snag the following holiday deals in Battle.net and the online Blizzard Store:
Be sure to get your Winter Veil shopping done soon, though -- these deals end January 1. 2013.
Still haven’t ventured to the shores of Pandaria? Snag a super deal and save up to 40% on World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. That’s a discount of 15€, making this a great opportunity to upgrade your Cataclysm account... , or—if you’re already braving the Heart of Fear—take this opportunity to invite a former guildmate back to your weekly raid night.
Don’t delay—this offer ends Monday, December 3rd.
*Standard Edition promotion price of 19.99 € and Deluxe Edition at 34.99 €. Price in pound sterling is £16.99 and £26.99 for the Deluxe Edition.
Treat yourself to some epic gifts this November! This week only, you can save 20 €* each on Diablo III and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty on Battle.net, meaning there’s no better time to save the world of Sanctuary from demonic annihilation, or battle to bring down the nefarious Dominion.
Hurry, though— offer ends Tuesday, November 27!
*Promotion price in pound sterling is £16.99 for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and £32.99 for Diablo III.
The Battle.net World Championship kicks off at 3:00 a.m. CET this Saturday, November 17, and you can catch all the action live, FREE, and in HD over at battle.net/bwc. Tune in to watch the epic finale of the StarCraft II World Championship Series and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Finals, as some of the world’s best pro gamers battle it out for glory, cash prizes, and the coveted title of world champion. Read all about it in our latest press release, and we’ll see you online!
Prepare for the approaching Swarm... On March 12, 2013, StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ launches around the world, igniting an intergalactic storm of intense strategic combat and opening a savage new chapter in the war between terran, protoss, and zerg. You can pre-purchase the expansion NOW directly through Battle.net® and be ready to play the moment it goes live.
In addition to the Standard Edition and retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition packed with bonus items, you’ll also have the option to upgrade a Standard Edition to the Digital Deluxe Edition, which comes equipped with all the in-game content from the physical Collector’s Edition, including a Torrasque skin for your zerg Ultralisks in Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, unique Swarm-infested portraits for your StarCraft II character profile, a Baneling pet for your World of Warcraft® characters, and a set of zerg-ified blade wings for your heroes in Diablo® III.
Whether you plan to tear a path of destruction through the all-new Kerrigan-focused single-player campaign or jump right into the multiplayer action with the devastating new units under your command, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your Heart of the Swarm experience. Simply log in to your Battle.net® account and pre-purchase Heart of the Swarm, and you’ll be flagged to automatically download the expansion content prior to launch.
For more details on the March 12 launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, head to the Heart of the Swarm game page to learn more about the expansion and pre-purchase your digital copy.
*When you pre-purchase StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game once it’s available, prior to the game’s release. This content will be unlocked and available for play when the expansion launches on March 12, 2013.
On November 17 & 18, join millions of other eSports fans across the globe to experience the epic conclusion of the Battle.net World Championship Series . . . and see who will take home the trophy and be crowned World Champion in StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena. The sold-out live event takes place in Shanghai, China and will feature a free, six-channel HD broadcast hosted on www.battle.net/bwc
In honor of Hallow’s End, Lil’ K.T., the undead companion pet, has risen from the buried depths of the Blizzard Store, where he is now on sale for just 5€. That’s 50% off the regular price, making this a great time to fill your guildmates’ trick-or-treat bags (or round out your own pet collection) with a tiny, adorable version of the maniacal Archlich, hell-bent on freezing nearby critters.
Hurry, though—this offer ends November, 5 2012