Browder: “Heart of the Swarm is 99% done”
“But that last 1% is a bitch”
Known for its infamous “when it’s done” approach to game development, Blizzard is really dragging its heels with the 2nd instalment in the Starcraft 2 trilogy, Heart of the Swarm.
However, lead designer Dustin Browder insists that the game is “99% done”, although he does elaborate: “but that last one per cent is a bitch.”
According to Browder, all the missions and playable units are done, but that last little bit of fine-tuning is still a work in progress.
“There’s something in for everything – it’s whether we like it or not that’s an open question. It’s the tuning and polish that really takes us a long time, and that’s where we get into the unknowns,” he explained.
“Like we could do a play-through next week that we’re like, ‘Wow this is really great.’ Or we could do a play-through and we still have 250 items we wanna fix. You know, historically speaking we’re doing pretty well. We’re getting there. But I don’t know for sure yet when we’ll be done.”
So we can probably expect it sometime in the next 1-10 years then.