StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm not coming until 2013 says analyst

An analyst from Cowen & Company spoke out today about Activision Blizzard with comments that included predictions on the payout of the Infinity Ward lawsuit, as well as the prospective release date of the highly anticipated StarCraft 2 expansion pack: Heart of the Swarm.

Doug Creutz said that he believes Blizzard is planning to push Heart of the Swarm back until after 2013 citing the fact that Blizzard tends to allow 3-6 months for beta testing on their titles. Currently, Blizzard has not even announced any information regarding a beta test leading many to believe it is still a long way off.

That said, Blizzard has recently been much more outspoken about the expansion, recently revealing the new multiplayer units along with a new strategy video. Which may signal that they have finalized the multiplayer content, and may be ready to open up the content to testers for balancing relatively soon.

Creutz also suggested that the court settlement between former Infinity Ward directors Vince Zampella and Jason West against Activision may have amounted to tens of millions of dollars. The court case made headlines in 2009 when Zampella and West were allegedly fired for conspiring to create their own company with EA. The pair retorted that Activision was fabricating that story to wiggle out of paying the pair untold millions in potential royalties for the success of Modern Warfare 3.


  • LordZarlon - July 30, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    I am really looking forward to Heart of the Swarm. I was disappointed when the announced that it would have only 20 or so missions instead of the originally planned 30 missions per installment that they talked about when they said StarCraft 2 would be separated into three parts. Hopefully it won't be delayed to long into 2013.
  • Andrew Groen - July 30, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    I'm just jazzed about the multiplayer additions. Adding 3-5 units and a few changes to each race doesn't sound like much, but it's pretty huge. It'll definitely rejuvenate multiplayer for a long time.
  • Voodoowolfe - July 30, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    No offense but a company that is making close to $1 billion A YEAR, should be able to put out games and dlc a little faster, and finished(yes Diablo I am looking at you).
  • KnowYourPokemon - July 30, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    You're under the impression that you can just throw money at a game and it'll make all the bugs, balance issues, coding, etc just disappear.
  • Andrew Groen - July 30, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    Agreed. Blizzard makes incredible games (Diablo 3 notwithstanding) so I trust their system over a company like Activision who just pours $100 million at the CoD series in an attempt to get something passable out annually. I'd much rather wait for great games than get a barrage of mediocre ones.
  • KnowYourPokemon - July 30, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    If it did come out this year I could only see it coming out in December, any earlier would be too close to MoP. Blizzard just seems pretty dead set on releasing three titles this year to the point where they release Diablo 3 without PVP and announced no Blizzcon for 2012 so I don't see them delaying it until they're absolutely certain.
  • Andrew Groen - July 30, 2012 7:42 p.m.

    This is also a good point. You're on a roll, KYP.
  • ncurry2 - July 30, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    I'm ready for HotS. But there's no way it'll be out this year with WoW expansion coming up. I know it's a different team and all but in terms of marketing, they aren't going to push out two games so close. I'm hoping for a Feb release.

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