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StarCraft II’s first expansion not due until 2012

StarCraft fans should be used to waiting patiently by now. After all, it was 12 years between title releases, so what’s a mere 18 months? GameSpot is reporting that at Battle.net project director told the audience at GDC Online in Austin, Texas, that the next StarCraft II expansion, the Zerg-based Heart of the Swarm is at least 18 months away, putting it around March or April of 2012.

This is about in keeping with what Blizzard had originally suggested, but Blizzard made it clear to Gamespot that there was no official release date planned, and that StarCraft II would not be featured at the upcoming Blizzcon later this month. Blizzard typically keeps quiet on release dates — just look at the upcoming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, which was only recently announced to be out on December 7, ending months of speculation.

The Heart of the Swarm is the first of two planned expansion packs for StarCraft II, and the second part of the trilogy that began with the Terran campaign in the original release. The second, Legacy of the Void, will focus on the Protoss. No release date has been suggested for that, but it could be as late as 2014.