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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm will have a 'training area' to help transition players to competitive scene

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Increasing accessibility of StarCraft 2

Blizzard intends on making the upcoming StarCraft 2 expansion Heart of the Swarm more accessible to new players by implementing features that will help them transition into more competitive matches, according to Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime in an interview with PC GamesN.

"We want to make the game more accessible to players that aren't necessarily ready to jump into a highly competitive scene," Morhaime said. "A lot of people do feel intimidated, at least at first, in playing in ranked play. Unranked matches are a big step in that direction. But, even before that, a lot of players never make the transition from the campaign to matchmaking — to playing against people they don't know."

To help ease players into more competitive matches, Blizzard is adding a "training area" where players can play against the computer and receive tips about how they can improve. The computer matches increase in difficulty and once players complete the training program, they get unranked matches against the AI.

Morhaime says the game "scripts out some basic builds for you so ... you're not building, willy nilly. It gives you more of a safe build to start with. It's there to make people more familiar with the tech tree, because there are differences between the tech tree in campaign and multiplayer."

The StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm expansion is due to launch March 12, 2013.