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StarCraft 2 patch adds spectator-friendly UI features

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm has been updated, and you can either read through the patch notes; check out our executive summary, or just watch the video through the break.

As well as a pile of re-balancing tweaks and various bug fixes, the patch includes several new features.

The RTS's user interface has been overhauled to be more eSports-friendly, with the Oberver Interface offering Split 1v1 and Streamlined configurations. The first is packed full of pertinent information like player names and resource counts in a prominent top-screen panel, so you can study the action in details, while the second is more broadcast-friendly, with a stripped back resource count panel in the corner. A units lost overlay and more zoom options have been added, too.

For replay fans, new seeking improvements should make it easier to find specific moments.

Finally, a colour-blind option has been added.

For more information, check out the full patch notes on Battle.net or watch the highlights below.

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Based in Australia and having come from a lengthy career in the Aussie games media, Brenna worked as VG247's remote Deputy Editor for several years, covering news and events from the other side of the planet to the rest of the team. After leaving VG247, Brenna retired from games media and crossed over to development, working as a writer on several video games.