The first of two planned expansion packs to Starcraft II, Heart of the Swarm has finally entered closed beta testing. Two years in the making, Heart of the Swarm will bring the addition of new units as well as the retooling or outright removal of some existing ones, a move that is sure to thrill/infuriate members of the Esports community.
Those interested can opt into the beta now via the Beta Profile Settings on their Battle.net account. Accounts that have been actively playing Starcraft II have a higher chance of being selected for access. This test is limited to multiplayer mode only. Beta keys will also be given out through various fansites and communities over the next few weeks.
I haven’t cared about Starcraft II for some time now. The singleplayer storyline was memorably terrible and full of retcons, and early details on Heart of the Swarm‘s story don’t give me much hope of that changing. I played multiplayer constantly for a few months after launch, but stopped shortly after getting somewhere into the Silver class. It’s always seemed like getting any sort of skill with the game pretty much meant playing it and nothing else, ever. Heart of the Swarm will no doubt bring back droves of casual fans for a little while before they scurry off to let the guys who can perform 500 actions per minute dominate once more.