Blizzard’s Greg Canessa has said that the second instalment in the StarCraft II trilogy, Heart of the Swarm, is at least 18 months away.

Canessa is the project director. Speaking at GDC Online in Texas, he said the company is focusing on features such as trading, replay broadcasting and upgrading profiles. These, he said, were the “main area of focus we’re going to be seeing on the Starcraft [II] side over the next 18 months between now and Heart of the Swarm.”

In more bad news for StarCraft II fans, Blizzard has told website Gamespot that there will be no Heart of the Swarm reveal at BlizzCon. BlizzCon will run from October 22-23.

We’ll be there.