Bigger "Heart of the Swarm" Trailer
The other day, I found a new trailer for Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. Apparently it was revealed at BlizzCon.
Looks like the Dominion has shown itself untrustworthy, on a much larger scale that just sending in a bunch of Ghosts to kill Kerrigan like the earlier, smaller teaser trailer revealed. Like, attack-by-capital-ships untrustworthy. And Valerian and Warfield might not be coming out of that treachery alive....
(Sucks for Warfield, as it seemed he was on the level and even made Rayor commander of the entire Dominion force while he was having his arm fixed. But if Valerian went into this intending treachery from the beginning, to hell with him.)
Some of the promotional material makes what's going to happen in HOTS sound really GrimDark. Raynor has gone missing, while some artwork on the Blizzard web-site depicts Kerrigan with a reinfested arm.
I hope they don't kill off Raynor and then have Kerrigan go totally insane and reinfest herself or, worse, have her think Raynor is dead, reinfest herself, and then have Raynor show up alive again and think Kerrigan is truly irredeemable even with the use of the Zerg-purging artifact. Heck, with the dialogue snippet "the girl you knew is dead," this makes it sound like despite being forcibly de-Zerged, Kerrigan is still evil.
Wings of Liberty was a lot more optimistic than the first Starcraft and Brood War, with the Dominion public rioting upon learning of Mengsk's true evil nature and the Swarm decapitated and Kerrigan returned to human form. That was pretty refreshing, considering how dark the first games really were.
One can hope they took the darkest quotes and scenes from Heart of the Swarm out of context and strung them together to make the story sound a lot more GrimDark than it actually will be--some of the promotional material describes Kerrigan only remembering some of what she did as Queen of Blades and not liking it, which shows there's hope for her. She does look pretty angsty when she's loading her rifle, while the Queen of Blades would have probably been joyfully homicidal. Raynor is only missing, not confirmed dead. And the new trailer depicts a lot of human-on-human warfare, including what looks like a military drop on a human planet.
Ending the Second Great War with Kerrigan's Zerg and Raynor's Raiders holding Arcturus Mengsk to account for his many sins would be awesome, with the Dark Voice and his Protoss-Zerg hybrid army over the horizon. However, some stuff I've read on Battle.net indicates the hybrids will be entering the sector en masse and they'll put the hurt on the player, so punishing Mengsk might not in the cards for a bit...
BTW, the soundtrack in this trailer is just awesome.