Heart of the Swarm is hitting full beta mode, and with it we are now getting a good look at the new design for the game. It’s too soon to tell where the metagame will be, but we can take a guess where multiplayer is set to go with the new units. Each week, I will invite you to take a closer look at a new unit in the Heart of the Swarm beta and keep you up to date on the changes as the Starcraft 2 development team tweaks the balance.
Our first review is perhaps the first you’ll see on the field in a match with a Protoss: the Mothership Core. The future of the Mothership in Starcraft 2 was tenuous for a large time of pre-beta. However, as the only viable answer for PvZ endgame and the only hero unit in multiplayer, many fans dissented against removing it. Instead of taking the ultimate ship off of the playing field, Blizzard made it even more critical to the Protoss strategy.
Yesterday at Gamescon, EA games announced that Command and Conquer will become the first Free to Play game utilizing Frostbite 2. The sign up for the beta is up and running and you can register at www.commandandconquer.com/free . There are limited spots so sign up as soon as you can.
Frostbite 2 has been heavily mentioned recently in the new games coming out. It takes full advantage of the Direct X API and 64-bit processor in order to provide enhanced graphics and creates refined physics compared to it’s predecessors.