Ending Leaked For StarCraft II's Next Chapter?

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A clip, purportedly of the ending for "Heart of the Swarm," the under-development second chapter of StarCraft II, leaked out earlier today. The video's since been taken down. We're not sure if it's legitimate, but spoiler alert, just in case.

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The clip merges in storyboards and has no lip-synching to the dialogue, indicating it's something in the early stages of production. But the voice acting is a close match to what we've heard already in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and the fact this disappeared from both YouTube and Vimeo on copyright claims lends credence to it. That said, Heart of the Swarm has no release date set, and even if this is authentic, you just can't tell if what you see here is in fact how the story will play out in the final product.

We've emailed Blizzard for comment; any made will go here. Update: The reply is the standard. "Blizzard Entertainment does not comment on rumors or speculation."

Update: The Third Floor, whose watermark appears lower right, is a production company listing Blizzard as a client. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty cinematics appear in their publicity reel.

[thanks to SpacePope for the tip and the video]

DISCUSSION

There is a lot to that ending that makes no sense, not to mention the fact that Blizzard has their own, in house, cinematic department. That is not to say they do not outsource work, but it seems very unlikely they would outsource a cinematic, much less the end of Heart of the Swarm to this company when they have their own people in house who can do all of this.

As far as the story goes it doesn't make much sense. This ending looks like a conclusive end to the game, not the second episode in a trilogy. Then not to mention Karrigan was cured at the end of Wings of Liberty. It doesn't make sense to full on change her back to zerg like this is showing. I know she is going to be the focus of Heart of the swarm but it seems a lot more likely they will continue with her in the state she was in at the end of Wings of Liberty, after all, at the end of the first part she wasn't "fully cured" her hair was still messed up. I got the distinct impression she was going to control the zerg in the form she was left in at the end of Wings, maybe work to get some of her abilities back with the help of Jim.

As far as the overarching plot I cant imagine Mengsk being the end bad guy. In Wings there is clearly some faceless dark dude that is established as the games main protagonist (although that certainly doesn't rule out Mengsk). But the plot of Wings is that Kerrigan will be salvation for the universe, a climatic ending to Heart of the Swarm doesn't seem to make much sense with Mengsk, Swarm is mostly likely going to focus on Kerrigan becoming that "savior" and working to actually save the universe.

Again there is just a ton about this so called ending that just makes no sense based on how Blizzard normally does things and the established plot. It seems way more likely this was the ending to the original game before it was split into three parts or some sort of fan made speculation.