StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm to Have AI Training Feature

President and CEO of Blizzard Mike Morhaime has explained that the dev team is working on an in-game training area in StarCraft 2′s upcoming Heart of the Swarm expansion to help new players bridge the gap between playing the campaign and playing against real opponents.

In an interview with PCGamesN, Morhaime revealed some details about the system and the reason behind it. He said:

“There are a number of features we’ve been working on (…). We want to make the game more accessible to players that aren’t necessarily ready to jump into a highly competitive scene. A lot of people do feel intimidated, at least at first, in playing in ranked play. Unranked matches are a big step in that direction. But, even before that, a lot of players never make the transition from the campaign to matchmaking – to playing against people they don’t know.

“There’s a really nice feature we’re adding in Heart of the Swarm which is a training area where you can basically play against the computer and the computer gives you tips on what you should be doing. It gradually gets harder. When you have completed the training program, you get unranked matched against the AI.”

Morhaime went on to discuss his thoughts on the industry’s leaning toward the free-to-play business model.

“I think for the value you get from a copy, StarCraft 2 has the most value of any entertainment property out there. I mean, jeez, if you bought it during Cyber Monday, it was 50%… it was 20 bucks. Compare that to the price of your so-called free-to-play games – twenty dollars and you can play it practically forever. I really don’t think cost is an issue.”

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