StarCraft II's Next Episode Still A Good 18 Months OutS

Blizzard fans are a patient lot, so the gap between StarCraft II's future episodes focusing on the Zerg and Protoss races should be easy going. It's only going to be about 18 more months before we see the next one.

So said Battle.net project director Greg Canessa at GDC Online in Austin, Texas today, according to a report from GameSpot. That puts StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm tentatively on schedule for March or April 2012, about when we were expecting the game anyway, going by previous estimates from high level Blizzard employees.

While Blizzard rarely confirms dates this far in advance, its a more definitive date than "the next few years," the previously mentioned release window for Heart of the Swarm, Diablo III and the developer's still unannounced next-gen MMO.

Canessa told GDC Online attendees that those working on the Battle.net side would be working on new features, including "trading replays, broadcasting replays, and upgrading profiles," according to GameSpot's extended account.

Just think, we could be done with the story of StarCraft II by as early as end of 2013! That's nothin'!

Next Starcraft II due early 2012? [GameSpot]