StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm – Patch 2.1 Next Week

Community Manager Kaivax alerted Blizzard Entertainment planned a maintenance schedule to launch StarCraft II patch 2.1. Some regions will get the patch on different days, which might prevent players from accessing other region servers.

This patch introduces classic StarCraft music as an option to those who wish to switch their music. Kinda a nice feature for those with nostalgia for the old favorite tunes and riffs. New arcade games for free to play online.


Kaivax: We’re planning to implement StarCraft II Patch 2.1 next week. This patch includes more levels and new rewards, new changes to Clans and Groups, a 100% free Arcade, remastered Classic StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War music, adjustments to the league distribution percentages on the ladder, Extension Mods, and many other features.

Our plan is to release the patch in each region as quickly as we can over three days:

Tuesday, Jan 21 – Americas, Europe
Wednesday, Jan 22 – Korea and Taiwan, China
Thursday, Jan 23 – Southeast Asia and Oceania

Please note that the release day for Patch 2.1 in Southeast Asia and Oceania is taking place on Thursday rather than Monday (we’ve often released patches in this region on Mondays). This is a one-time adjustment for Patch 2.1. With future releases, we’ll return to patching this region on Mondays as before.

As always, the above dates are subject to change should an issue arise between now and then.

Global Play

We’ve built the game so that it should install the new patch for you when you launch the game, based on the region you last connected to. When you try to connect to a region that is running a newer version of the game than what you are in, you will be asked whether you want to patch so that you can play on that region.

If you agree, the game will restart and install the new version. However, you will then be unable to play on any region that has not yet updated to the latest patch. If you update and then try to play on a region that is not yet updated, you’ll receive an error.

Need Help?

Our Customer Support department is here to help you on patch day. If you need help, please check out:

StarCraft II Patch Troubleshooting (PC) (Mac)
StarCraft II Connection Troubleshooting
StarCraft II Installation Troubleshooting

If you’re still experiencing issues, you can always get in touch with Blizzard Technical Support. — source



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