First Starcraft 2 Expansion to Release in Early 2012?

Starcraft 2 is without question one of the of the biggest games of the year, and the question on everyone’s mind is this:

When will we get the first expansion?

Battle.net project director Greg Canessa may have inadvertently tipped Blizzard’s hand on the release date of Heart of the Swarm, the first expansion for Starcraft 2, during a presentation at GDC Online yesterday.

While discussing future features (including trading replays, broadcasting replays, and upgrading profiles) coming to Battle.net, Canessa said,

a main area of focus we’re going to be seeing on the Starcraft side over the next 18 months between now and Heart of the Swarm.

If this estimate is true, that would put the release of Heart of the Swarm around April 2012. If that schedule holds true, it would put the third installment of the series, Legacy of the Void, in late 2013 to early 2014.

None of this would be a surprise, as Blizzard is famous for taking as much time as they need to complete expansions for their games. According to GameSpot, a Blizzard representative stressed to them that there currently is no announced release window for Heart of the Swarm. Of course, they also said that the expansion will not be shown at Blizzcon this year.

We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out, but don’t be surprised if it’s an election year again before you get your hands on the Zerg expansion.

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