StarCraft 2 Expansion Packs: What We Know

starcraft 2 expansion packs what we know starcraft2 beta prolonge

Perhaps it is a bit too early to be talking about the expansion packs to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty– the game is just a week old, after all- but if you played through the campaign already, you are likely eagerly awaiting the continuation of the story.

When it was first announced that the campaign of StarCraft II would be split into what essentially amounts to three games, the reception was fairly cold. Many saw it as a money grab, and worried that Blizzard was taking what existed, stripping into thirds, then selling each part separately. Now that players have had a chance to try out the deep Terran campaign, plus the multiplayer that made StarCraft famous, hopefully they are satiated for the moment (check out our full review of the campaign for details). But if not, or if you just want to know for the future, here is what we know of the upcoming expansion packs.

The first expansion pack released will be the Zerg-centric Heart of the Swarm. Players will take control of the Queen of Blades, Kerrigan, and attempt to become more powerful through mutations. Unlike the Terran campaign, there will be no cash to purchase upgrades, but there will be an RPG element that will help Kerrigan increase in personal power while the Zerg rally to her. The more powerful you become, the more Zerg you can control, so playing each and every mission to its fullest will be key to upgrading.

As with the Terran campaign, players will be able to choose which mission they want to purse and when, but there will be a linear story that picks up after the end of the Wings of Liberty– which is the official name for the Terran campaign.  starcraft 2 expansion packs what we know imgname  behold the protoss stargate ss13 thumb

The big question is when to expect the first expansion. At the moment it is all speculation, but StarCraft II lead producer Chris Sigaty told Shacknews that it might be around 18 months from now, which would put it on shelves either right before, or just after Christmas 2011.

“We’re estimating about 18 months from release of Wings of Liberty to when the next one comes out.” Sigaty said. “That’s purely speculative, honestly. Historically, it’s taken us about a year-WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne is a good example-but you’ll see the sum-total package [in Wings of Liberty] has raised the bar and there’s a lot more to do with StarCraft II‘s expansions. I think 18 months is probably fairly accurate.”

The second planned expansion, Legacy of the Void, will feature the Protoss, and focus on Zerutal as its main character. The Terran campaign features a handful of Protoss missions, so gamers have had a taste of what to expect, but unlike the other races, the Protoss campaign will feature a heavy emphasis on diplomacy.

The Protoss begin as a fractured race on the brink of extinction, and the campaign will force players to choose who to side with, which will alienate others. The story and mission tree will unfold based on which factions you align yourself with- so there may be missions you cannot access, which could make this the most replay friendly campaign of the three- as you attempt to unite the Protoss.

No word yet on when the expansion for the Protoss will be available, but late 2012or early 2013 seems likely. Also unknown is the price for each expansion. Blizzard has confirmed that despite the size and the amount of work going into the campaigns, the company is viewing the Zerg and Protoss campaigns as expansion packs rather than additional games. Blizzard has seemingly stuck to the $30 price for all recent expansions, and while that could change, at the moment it seems accurate.

Without giving away spoilers from the Terran campaign, there are also rumors of a possible fourth expansion pack that would follow another race.  Blizzard originally planned a fourth campaign, but deemed that it would water down the other three to take resources from them to begin building another.  It could still happen, but it would likely be three-four years away if ever.

Gaming

Once the dust settles, 'Fallout 76' will be a nuclear wasteland worth exploring

The launch of Fallout 76 has been nothing short of apocalyptic, but that doesn’t mean the game is dead on arrival. Bethesda has a path forward, paved by The Elder Scrolls Online, another game that suffered a rocky start.
Gaming

These are the best Xbox One games available right now

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Gaming

What you should know about 'Battlefield V,' and what to expect with Tides of War

Battlefield V is one of the most ambitious games Electronic Arts and DICE have ever released, including full campaign, multiplayer, and battle royale modes, all while not charging players extra for new maps.
Gaming

It's dangerous to go alone! Have fun with friends in our favorite co-op games

Video games don't always have to be so brutal, dog-eat-dog experiences! Here are some of our all-time favorite co-op games across a range of platforms, genres, and difficulties.
Gaming

Joker from ‘Persona 5’ will take your heart in ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

Joker, the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts from Persona 5, will arrive to Super Smash Bros. as its first DLC character. The announcement was a surprising one, because Persona 5 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Gaming

‘Magic: The Gathering’ enters esports relevance with $10 million prize pool

Wizards of the Coast is pushing Magic: The Gathering into esports relevance with a prize pool of $10 million across the tabletop version and Magic: The Gathering Arena. Will the game be able to compete with Hearthstone and Overwatch?
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for December 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles, as well as bundles that feature games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Gaming

Get some bang for your buck with these Nintendo Switch console deals at Walmart

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the past, but you can still get some bang for your buck on game consoles before the holiday season is done. Walmart has various Nintendo Switch bundles on sale right now.
Product Review

‘Just Cause 4’ is mindless fun that leaves little room for much else

Just Cause 4 revels in explosions and over-the-top action, but its world feels empty and hollow. With few new ideas and a stale open world, it's a fun but shallow piece of escapism.
Gaming

‘CS:GO’ goes free-to-play and players are not happy about it

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), has gone free-to-play this week in a controversial move. Players are angry that the problem of cheating will get much worse now that anyone can make a disposable account to play.
Gaming

The most common Xbox One X problems, and how to fix them

The Xbox One X is a brilliant console, but it's not without its issues, ranging from simple annoyances to severe hardware problems. Here are common Xbox One X problems and how to fix them.
Gaming

How to delete and reinstall games on your Xbox One

Removing and reinstalling games on the Xbox One's hard drive isn't difficult, but it's a process that not everyone is familiar with. Thankfully, our guide will run you through each step so you'll know precisely what to do.
Gaming

‘Street Fighter V’ players will get bonuses if they allow in-game ads

Capcom will show in-game advertisements on Street Fighter V starting December 11. Players may choose to deactivate the ads, but they will miss out on some bonuses and content if they do so.