StarCraft II's eagerly awaited 1.5.2 patch has added a new Arcade feature, alongside a myriad of other fixes, tweaks and general upgrades.

Previously only available in beta, Arcade gives players access to an array of player-created maps and mods and a community rating and review system all from the click of a button in Blizzard Entertainment's Battle.net menu.

StarCraft II fans will be able to search for games based on their genre, popularity, star ratings and the date they were added.

A variety of bug fixes have been added to the game to prevent crashes, file corruptions and issues arising within Battle.net.

A new streaming launcher is also included in the patch so that game data can be accessed while playing, reducing the time it takes to download and install content.

Blizzard has implemented a variety of graphical improvements to the title too, which optimises the physics, improves the texture and resources management so less memory is used, increases the amount of content that is pre-loaded to prevent stuttering and adjusts fog of war so that unit display is more accurate.

StarCraft II is also set to get a new expansion entitled Heart of the Swarm by the end of this year or early next year. It is one of two expansions to be released, the second being titled Legacy of the Void.

Heart of the Swarm will add extra units, make changes to the multiplayer and add an entirely new campaign focused on the Zerg species that will feature around 20 missions. It takes place in 2506, some two years after the previous title, with gamers playing from the perspective of Sarah Kerrigan after she has been returned to her human form by Jim Raynor. She is trying to gain leadership of the swarm of Zerg and get revenge on Arcturus Mengsk, the Emperor of the Terran Dominion.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801440771-ADNFCR
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