StarCraft II Preview Explores New Mechanics and the Power of Kerrigan

Posted Tue, May 31, 2011 by Martuk

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm may not launch this year, but Blizzard is still showing off the goods. recently got the chance to get some hands on time with the next installment of the StarCraft II saga, Heart of the Swarm.  Quite a bit has changed since StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and players will find new systems, upgrades and a wickedly powerful Kerrigan at their control.

Right from the start, Heart of the Swarm feels different than Wings of Liberty. Kerrigan is basically a monster goddess who can control millions of Zerg units (a.k.a. Swarm) unlike in WoL where you control Jim Raynor who, on his best day, has a chance at maybe annoying his adversary Arcturus Mengsk with a measly force. This time around Blizzard wanted to give players that sense of absolute power. If Kerrigan tells her Zerg to die for her, they don’t get upset, they say “How many?” Now players will feel that responsibility of being the Queen of Blades.

Kerrigan will have an army of loyal zerg willing to die at her command and the ability to upgrade them in unique ways. But Kerrigan also comes with her own set of powers called Focus, which players can learn new skills for and switch throughout the campaign. Sound interesting? Head over to and check out the full preview.


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