Starcraft 2 Armory

Developer Update with Production Director Chris Sigaty

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Some huge updates from Blizzard are coming along with Heart of the Swarm!

Greetings fellow StarCraft II players! The past couple weeks have been amazing for the StarCraft II community. At the Dreamhack Open we saw the Swedish "Spoon Terran," Thorzain, triumph over GSL champion Polt in front of a hometown crowd in an amazing series. That same weekend, the Major League Gaming Spring Arena finals went to best of 7 games to see DongRaeGu victorious against MarineKing, avenging a loss in the Winter Championship. Looking ahead, Team Liquid StarLeague 4 was just announced here and is already getting a lot of excitement from the community. And finally, we have exciting news coming out of Korea as KeSPA and OnGameNet commit to all-new StarCraft II leagues, joining GomTV's GSL and GSTL to create an all-new StarCraft II eSports landscape. Add all of that to the 2012 Blizzard World Championship Series, and the StarCraft II community is already off to an epic 2012 in what could be the most exciting eSports year yet.

In the midst of all this great community news, we want to announce some of the exciting things we’re working on this year for StarCraft II. Here's a list of some of the features we are planning to release at or around the launch of Heart of the Swarm:

Multiplayer resume from replay
Global Play
Multilanguage support
Clan/group system
Unranked matchmaking
Multiplayer replay viewing
Let's go into more detail on each of these, starting with multiplayer resume functionality. We know how important eSports is for the StarCraft II community, and it’s important to us too. For some time now we have been discussing ways to improve StarCraft II to ensure that tournaments both large and small run as smoothly as possible. While we are discussing many different improvements, we've heard your feedback and are creating a way that games can be continued if they are ended prematurely during an eSports event. We have been investigating solutions to this issue for some time, but we expect to offer the ability to resume play from a replay at or around the launch of Heart of the Swarm.

Some of you may have read details about Diablo III Global Play, which will allow Diablo III players to create characters in different regions from their home region so they can play with friends in other parts of the world. We know this is something StarCraft II players have been asking for, and we’re working hard to make it available along with multilanguage support, at or around the release of Heart of the Swarm. We’ll have information as we get closer to Heart of the Swarm’s release.

We continue to read your passionate requests for clan support. We can confirm that we are building a clan/group system that will be released with Heart of the Swarm. We also intend to have our first version of unranked play so you will have the ability to match-make against like-skilled players without having to affect your ladder ranking while you practice off-race or experiment with a new build order.

We'll also be offering a beta sneak peek of Heart of the Swarm to attendees of the MLG Spring Championship on June 8–10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Additionally, we will be releasing news in the next few weeks about how your participation in the upcoming Arcade (1.5) beta can win you chances to get into the upcoming Heart of the Swarm multiplayer beta test.

It’s shaping up to be an amazing year for StarCraft II. Can you believe that Flash will soon be competing in StarCraft II? Before we sign off, we wanted to call attention to a newly created StarCraft II magazine, GLHF magazine, created by a passionate group of StarCraft players. The first issue features some high production quality in our opinion and is well worth checking out. See you online!

The StarCraft II Team

Coach ⋅ Carrier
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This is everything we, as a SC2 community, have wanted from Blizzard. I cannot wait for these features to be implemented, 2012-2013 is going to be a good year for SC2.

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May 7th 2012, 03:46:23 Quote by Gemini_19
This is everything we, as a SC2 community, have wanted from Blizzard. I cannot wait for these features to be implemented, 2012-2013 is going to be a good year for SC2.

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also, mods, if you could edit the thread title to something more attractive. I feel these news are very important.
Void Ray
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OMG - these new features are HUUUGE

Blizzard really did their homework this time and really Kudos for that
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this is some of the best news i've heard for heart of the swarm, much better than new units or storyline information.
Siege Tank
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I wish you could add an infinity amount of +1's to the fact that they are allowing us to make accounts on different region servers, cause to me that's what its worth.

As for the rest, looking forward to this expansion!
Currently in the 'lab', SC2 editing, practicing zerg play, studying in summer, & a bunch of stuff.
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I have been waiting for news on SC2 talking about global play ever since it was announced for D3 . Looks like Blizzard is finally getting around to that. Also I am looking forward to seeing Flash in SC2 :).
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They are very overdue. Blizzard has been behind on the interface and actually took a step backward from what SC1 had and even other games at the time.

Dota 2 right now has one of the best interfaces and even Husky has commented on it.

This will bring some people back and some of the community back that isn't pros or high level players.
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Very exciting, and good to see that Blizzard has been taking in the communities views. Just sad it took so long for action. Or at least consideration.
Super Moderator ⋅ Battlecruiser
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I am really, REALLY look forward to multiplayer replays. I've been wanting that since the day SC2 was released. Would certainly make coaching easier.
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I cannot help but wonder. With all these good stuff being added into HotS. What will Blizzard put into LotV?
"There is no shame in defeat so long as the spirit is unconquered"
Praetor Fenix

"The two most common element's in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity."
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Now for no new units.
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Definitely psyched. Cant wait to off race once that comes around.