The current price is only an estimate by Amazon of the maximum possible price. As the price has not yet been set by Blizzard, it may be reduced nearer to release. You will be charged the actual price on the day of shipping.
Dunno if you're allowed to post links to other websites on Amazon, but here it goes: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6325853/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-qanda-with-dustin-browder
DB: I don't know what the price point is, but we always charge what we think the game is worth. So, if Wings of Liberty had 30 missions and Heart of the Swarm has 20, then that will probably amount to less money [on the consumer's part]. Because we're offering less, players will expect less than Wings of Liberty. It also depends on what the competition is charging, alongside other variables [in terms of expansions]. The plan is not for all three to be the same price; there was never a secret plan by either us or Activision.
Like someone mentioned before, the $60 is just an estimate. And Amazon usually offers some kind of pre-order bonus(like a $10 credit) for AAA titles.
As much as people want to believe this is an expansion. IT IS NOT. It is a self contained game and not an expansion. hence the price point. Story-wise it is a sequel to Wings of Liberty. Valve tried a similar concept where they released "episodes" instead of one main game and a bunch of expansions or DLCs, they do 3 big games. So valve had Half Life 2 :Episode 1, Episode 2 etc. Also guys this is a blizzard title, I'll be honest I'm buying the 100 dollar collectors edition. Blizzard is amazing, content is king, the games are incredible totally worth the 60 dollars IMHO. hope this helps
EDIT : I want to apologize, I was mistaken. Looking at all the video from blizzcon they were talking about treating it as separate game, but that might only be as a developmental cycle. according to the websites FAQ to the question "How much will it cost?" the response is as follows :
"A: We typically don't provide details about pricing until the game is closer to release. We do view Heart of the Swarm as an expansion set, so for the regions that have a standard box business model such as North America and Europe, we will price accordingly. For other regions that have alternative business models, we'll provide details at a later date."
Once again im assuming here, but since Wings of Liberty costs 60 bucks, pricing it as an expansion as mentioned above, the amount should be less. Looking at WoW they charge 40 dollars for each expansion.
Sorry once again and thanks McGrath for pointing out my mistake.
Dustin Browder said that these would be treated as expansions when WOL came out. I guess blizzard changed their tune. It is stand alone however you need WOL to play the terran campaign. I just hope blizzard offers a discount to those who already own WOL. I agree with the $40 price point. ^^
U can complain all you want but consider most company no longer make PC only game, mostly focus at multi platform or console only, so Blizzard continue to release PC only game you must gave them credit, yes price is quite high for expansion, but if they can delivery is worth it.
I think I can pretty much guarantee that it will cost $60 because Activision is a very greedy, exploitative company and because pretty much everyone is gonna buy it anyway. Who's really gonna refuse or delay to buy this game just cause it's $60? By the way, Wings of Liberty is still $50, which is surprising. After over a year the price has hardly gone down at all. The demand must be good I guess.
R.Johnson is right. Have people not noticed what happened to game series like call of duty once it became part of Activision. Go support other companies like EA games. The graphic improvement and game play has been much enhanced on bf3 while Activision is still milking the hell out of call of duty that looks the same every year. Starcraft WOL is still being sold for S$109 in Singapore, which is about 85USD, so you guys have no idea how infuriating is that. i think maybe the ultimate triple pack will arrive when hell freezes over, if you think Activision will miss on any chance to exploit you.
YES! This is a lot of money for what SHOULD be an expansion pack. Maybe offer an "expansion pack" and another package with both titles. Blizzard will be annoying their core customers who have without a doubt already purchased Wings of Liberty. I will be waiting for a price drop, but I'm sure that will take a while. BF3 should ease my pain.
"Will Heart of the Swarm require ownership of Wings of Liberty?
For the regions that have a standard box business model such as North America and Europe, yes, Wings of Liberty will be required in order to play Heart of the Swarm. For other regions that have alternative access models, we'll provide details at a later date."