StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (HotS), the expansion to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, has been given a release date for 12 March 2013, according to an official Blizzard press release. The retail and digital versions of HotS will be selling in North America at US$39.99, and after doing a mock pre-purchase check at the SEA Blizzard store, it seems like the game will be priced at S$49.90 for Singapore.
Blizzard will be offering a physical Collector’s Edition of HotS at US$79.99, containing the usual glut of physical and digital bonus items such as a behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray, a Collector’s Edition Soundtrack CD, and a hardcover artbook.
A digital Collector’s Edition is also available at US$59.99 (S$73.90 for Singapore), and gamers who purchase the standard retail or digital copies can upgrade to the digital CE by paying an additional US$20 (or S$24 for Singapore).
You can read the full list of CE items below, taken from the Blizzard press release:
The Digital Deluxe version of Heart of the Swarm includes a full digital copy of the expansion along with the following in-game bonus items:
- StarCraft II Torrasque: Crush the enemies of the Swarm with the indomitable Torrasque, a fearsome new look for your zerg Ultralisks.
- StarCraft II Battle.net® Portraits and Decals: New Swarm-infested Battle.net portraits and decals help you customize the look of your online profile and in-game army.
- World of Warcraft® In-Game Pet: The Baneling companion pet is bursting with enthusiasm and ready to explode onto the Pet Battles scene.
- Diablo® III Blade Wings and Banner Sigil: Grow zerg-like wings in honor of the Queen of Blades, and unfurl an exclusive banner sigil to mark your allegiance to the Swarm in Sanctuary.
The Collector’s Edition of Heart of the Swarm includes the full version of the game on DVD-ROM and contains the following exclusive bonus items, in addition to the content from the Digital Deluxe version:
- Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray: Immerse yourself in the StarCraft universe with developer commentary, interviews with voice actors, and an in-depth historical retrospective on StarCraft’s eSports legacy narrated by key members of the community.
- Collector’s Edition Soundtrack CD: Enhance your Heart of the Swarm musical experience with this collection of more than a dozen tracks from the game.
- Heart of the Swarm Hardcover Art Book: This 144-page tome features never-before-seen art from the expansion, including early concept sketches and meticulous 3D renderings.
- Zerg Rush Mousepad: This Collector’s Edition mousepad depicts the Terran Dominion holding out desperately under the onslaught of the Swarm.
HotS will feature 20 new singleplayer campaign missions for the zerg race, and major improvements to the multiplayer game such as new units, a new Global Play system, clan and group matchmaking, improved replays, and… an online leveling system.
Be sure to check out the official Blizzard HotS pre-purchase FAQ page here.