You didn’t forget that the second major campaign in the StarCraft 2 saga, the Zerg-themed Heart of the Swarm, released tonight at midnight Pacific, right? Obviously, I didn’t. Isn’t it amazing how ‘eighteen months between expansion packs’ quickly becomes nearly three years? Well, we’ll forgive Blizzard because it’ll give me plenty of time to cozy up with the real-time strategy game’s most gooey and blade-equipped faction. It’s also the one I’ve spent the least time with.
When Wings of Liberty released in 2010, I had dreams of mastering build orders and being a decent player. Kelly and I (sometimes Johnny!) would learn to eventually plow several Insane AI, then instantly crumble in the face of human opponents. Of course, I’m simply not fast enough to get those Actions Per Minute down, a vital stat in tournament play, something that’s kept me from any decent Super Hexagon scores. I even went through the effort of re-installing StarCraft 2 a few weeks ago to try and warm up, but then never played it. I doubt I’ll have enough time to get re-acquainted before Swarm swallows me. I blame SimCity‘s improving server situation for that.
If you haven’t picked it up yet, you can purchase the game digitally through Battle.net for $39.99, but if you manage to make it over to your nearest retailer, you can pick up the large Collector’s Edition for $79.99. The final Protoss campaign, Legacy of the Void, should probably be released in 2016 at this point.