StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack to science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and part two of the planned StarCraft II trilogy. Part three is titled Legacy of the Void. The expansion includes additional units and multiplayer changes from Wings of Liberty, as well as a continuing campaign focusing on the Zerg race. It spans 20 missions (plus several zerg unit evolution missions) and is priced as an expansion set.

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Blizzard releases modding tools for StarCraft II right from the free SC2 Starter edition.

Posted by TKAzA on Jan 23rd, 2014

Blizzard is opening up a thriving developer and modding ecosystem to a much larger audience, THE WORLD! Completely FREE


Blizzard is well known and loved for its support of the modding communities over the years, and they aren't holding back this year, with the release of the StarCraft II Beta Tools last September, the tool set is now fully released, along with detailed tutorials written by blizzards technical art department and its free for everyone!

This is all possible due to the release of Blizzard Arcade a Free modding portal inside StarCraft II, that showcases yours and others creations, maps, games and mods free to anyone with StarCraft II or SC2 Starter Edition (a completely free installation)



The tools are in the StarCraft II Starter Edition, so there's no need to download or install other packages.


The Tutorials section has had an overhaul with specific articles on mapping, scripting, animation and publishing.


What will you be creating? Will you turn Starcraft into Warcraft? Or Dungeon Keeper?
Thumbs up Blizzard and keep changing the game!

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Guest
Guest Jan 23 2014, 9:02pm says:

Hell yeah!

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PsychoEliteNZ
PsychoEliteNZ Jan 23 2014, 11:37pm says:

"What will you be creating? Will you turn Starcraft into Warcraft? Or Dungeon Keeper?"Why ask this question?! Its already both of them been/being done...

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mechwarrior24
mechwarrior24 Jan 24 2014, 1:15am replied:

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact they're both linked and are good inspiration...? -_-

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SeriousToni
SeriousToni Jan 24 2014, 3:29am says:

So will I get the whole game for free? Or is this meant to be only the dev tools?

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TheNodCommander
TheNodCommander Jan 24 2014, 4:01am replied:

You get the development tools, access to online play on the Arcade (Hundreds upon hundreds of custom games/maps) and a few campaign missions, as far as I understood.

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PsychoEliteNZ
PsychoEliteNZ Jan 24 2014, 5:46am replied:

Basically Its the campaign the skirmish and the Multiplayer you dont get or rather you do get skirmish but only as terran and 1 or 2 campaign missions.

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kahoshi
kahoshi Jan 25 2014, 2:18am replied:

you can now also choose to be Zerg/Toss (another boon from 2.1)

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medve
medve Jan 24 2014, 8:39am replied:

you get the content itself, like in source. you have to pay for the game.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero Jan 24 2014, 5:02am says:

thats really cool especially for me I played the arcade more than SC2 xD

Gotta love Warships.

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InStars
InStars Jan 26 2014, 7:28pm says:

You can't test or publish your maps/mods in Starter Edition so the editor kinda useless :(

Whats the point of creating stuff if you can't even run it?

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Winsberg
Winsberg Jan 27 2014, 2:35am says:

Wow, finally someone notices it that SC2 is the new WC3 basically...thats the reason why i bought it a year ago, the modding is what make warcraft 3 still interesting today and SC2 modding is even better cause no annoying bugs that you have in warcraft...I just hope ppl try to do more with custom models^^ some stuff is horrible..zealots riding on ultralisk called horseman..oh god.

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