Heart of the Swarm Coming “Early 2013;” Diablo 3 Expansion in Works

Yesterday’s Activision earnings call confirmed that StarCraft 2′s first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, will release in the first half of 2013 and that an expansion pack for Diablo 3 is currently in development. Provided, of course, everything goes according to Blizzard’s plans. No release time frame was given for D3′s expansion.

Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said:

“We do have an expansion planned for Diablo, [but] I don’t have any timeline to talk about. I think the most important thing for us always comes down to the quality of the expansion and the gameplay, so that will be a big factor in terms of driving our schedule.”

Morhaime also announced that Blizzard is aiming to release StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm in the first half of 2013, which fits right into the time frame our insider suggested to us in Summer of 2011.

Blizzard has a difficult battle to fight with D3′s expansion — the company will need to win back its fans in a huge way. Key to the expansion’s potential success will be not rushing it out the door, as with Diablo 3 itself.

via PC Gamer

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