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November 16th, 2012, 16:14
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
They can claim to view it however they like, but it's obviously not a typical expansion. It's a standalone game with a full campaign and access to all the races in multi-player… just like the first game. The term "expansion" is being used for marketing purposes.
Where did you hear that? They appear to be telling their retail partners otherwise:

Originally Posted by amazon
Please Note: Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm is an expansion pack and requires Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty to be played.
Or again from Blizzard themselves:
http://eu.battle.net/sc2/en/game/hea…preview/faq#q6
Originally Posted by blizzard
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.
There is nothing stand alone about it. It's an expansion pack to Wings of Liberty and according to them you need the base game in order to play the expansion.
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