Activision Blizzard held its third quarter earnings call earlier today and took the opportunity to drop some major news. Diablo 3 is going to receive an expansion and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is due in the first half of 2013. Goodbye free time, right?
Pretty much every Blizzard game receives at least one expansion and Diablo 3 is no exception. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime announced one is planned, but didn't give any details on when to expect it or even what it'll be about. He did say quality and gameplay of the expansion are a "top priority," so there is at least that bit of information to dwell on. Whether or not Blizzard addresses some of the issues levied at Diablo 3 since its launch is unknown, but there should be plenty of speculation in the meantime.
As for the second part of StarCraft 2, Heart of the Swarm is scheduled for the first half of 2013. If anyone is keeping track, that would put it around three years after Wings of Liberty launched, but who's counting, right? HotS is currently in a closed multiplayer beta showing off new Zerg, Terran, and Protoss units. The game's single player story follows Sarah Kerrigan after the events in the first part.