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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta update to add 'leveling'

Leveling feature will give players the chance to earn rewards through gaining experience points

Blizzard has announced plans to introduce a new beta patch for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm which will introduce a new "leveling" feature.

This will take the form of a new progression system, offering players of all skill levels the chance to earn experience points (XP) and gain rewards.

Players will be able to earn experience while playing Blizzard matchmaking modes and custom games on Blizzard maps, explained the developer on its blog.

"You'll earn XP for the race you're playing with each unit you build or destroy. Experience is awarded at the end of the match, and accumulates as you level up from one to a maximum level of 20 for each race," said Blizzard.

"Getting into the game and playing as much as possible will earn you XP and rewards. Build up powerful armies, wreak havoc on the map, fight to the bitter end, and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts!"

The developer said it is also working on ways to introduce bonus XP in certain scenarios, such as for a first win of the day or for play in a party with a Battletag or Real-ID friend.

Rewards for gaining experience points will come in the form of portraits and decals.

"Each level you earn awards either a decal or a portrait for the race that you're playing. These rewards get more and more epic as you progress in a race.

"The rewards will be different for each race, so truly dedicated players can push themselves to great heights for each of the three races."

Blizzard promises the new beta patch will be introduced soon so testers can try out the system and start earning XP.

However, it noted that it is planning on making adjustments over time so that it is likely that numerous XP resets will happen during the beta phase.

"We'll give beta testers notice in advance of resetting the system so testers can help us try different methods of gaining XP," said Blizzard.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801478191-ADNFCR