Everything We Know About Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
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We know that most missions will feature Kerrigan as a playable character. This is a drastic departure from Wings of Liberty, which only featured the main protagonist, Raynor, in a handful of missions. Before a mission begins, players will have a chance to choose a “battle focus” for Kerrigan. A battle focus is kind of like a class and will determine what abilities Kerrigan has. The HoTS page states:
“As the campaign progresses, new roles will unlock, and Kerrigan will acquire new abilities for existing roles. The Battle Focus you choose for Kerrigan in any given mission and the way you use her powers will have a major impact on how each mission plays out.”
It looks like there will be four “battle focuses” in total. The two that we know about are “spec ops” and “corruption.” Spec ops will feature abilities similar to that of the Terran Ghost. One spec ops ability that we know for certain is the “psionic shadow.” Similar to the Protoss hallucination, the psionic shadow creates a duplicate of Kerrigan. But unlike a hallucination, the psionic shadow will actually be able to cause damage. The “corruption” battle focus will make Kerrigan behave more like a Zerg queen. In fact, it will even allow her to cast “spawn broodlings.” Players of the original Starcraft might remember this as the fearesome queen ability that instantly destroyed a single ground enemy unit and simultaneously spawned a pair of broodlings.
It won’t just be Kerrigan’s battle focus that players will need to upgrade. Zerg units will also be upgradeable. The Gorgeling, Splitter, Raptor and Swarmling are all examples of upgraded Zerg strains. Players will use a resource called “Mutagen” to evolve their units. 90′s kids will remember that Mutagen is also the stuff that turned Leonardo and his pals into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
HoTS will try to keep the same minimum requirements as Wings of Liberty. They are as follows:
Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
12 GB available HD space
1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
Broadband Internet connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution
Well that’s it. That’s all we got for now. You can check out some screenshots and trailers here. We’ll have a whole lot more HoTS information flooding in as soon as BlizzCon kicks off. Most importantly, they’ll finally be revealing the new multiplayer units, which they’ve kept hidden from us so far. Hell, it’s about time.