They could put it on as a map that is available on SC2's Starter Edition, which is free. But I'm thinking they need more control than that, matchmaking, lobby, team. Failure to provide these feature automatically -1 it compared to Dota 2. It make sense to be a standalone client, i just wish they try to find a way to incoporate into sc2's license system. A free game's exposure to the Arcade is a good idea.
The original plan was to release it with HotS for all versions - and the Market Place was also supposed to hit with HotS. Probably they'd have sold new heroes and such via the Marketplace in connection to BNet.
Both have been nowhere to be seen and no word was given about this as far as I recall. It is likely that they shifted their focus on making it a standalone from SC2, so they could better incorporate important features into a different client, instead of putting it into SC2. If this is the case, I personally hope they either reworked the Artstyle a bit, so it doesn't look like they just ripped it out of SC2 or if they don't that they at least patch the assets into SC2 for us - saving us the work of having to transfer all those files.
afaik Blizzard Allstars will still be available in sc2 (if I recall correctly, there were things related to Blizzard Allstars matchmaking somewhere in the HotS Beta client, cant remember where exacly or what the detaisl were, didnt pay much attention.) I'd guess that they'd make it a standalone that is also available in WoL - It's most likely using he same engine, and the sc2 menu/client/whatever got an overhaul with the 2.0.4 patch and they could've easily put the stuff necessary for Allstars to work in there (Or you know, just throw out a patch once its out), and then they'd have a standalone version of Blizzard Allstars for those people that do not own SC2/Don't want to download 8 gigs for a game they don't play when all they need is the basic engine. Wouldn't be surprised if that Allstars client would have the option to "upgrade" into a full sc2 installation.
At least I hope I'm correct. If I have to download a seperate client, there's a good chance I won't even bother with it (I play too much LoL already, and don't have as much HDD space as I'd like anyway)
I doubt the client would be very big tbh. It's not like it will require a massive amount of files. No cutscenes, one or two terrain sets, a bunch of hero models, a few particles and the majority will be eaten by audio.
But let's wait and see, it's 10 days ahead. I just hope it's interesting.
@TheAlmaity: Go I hope you're right too. Allstars could have the SC2 Started Edition included. I think they'll just add an Allstars button to the main manu list (with campaign, matchmaking, arcade and so on). Or maybe it would be a category inside matchmaking.
C'mon they even added Creeps as a new race in the editor with this patch...
@Taintedwisp: Go Maybe there is 3 differently colored Mengsk Explosions at the end and we just don't know it yet? :P
seriously though everyone keeps saying starcrat is masseffect, I REALLY dont get it... I have been told this by several people and everytime I ask for examples the best I get is, There was a laser drill -_- which there has been in nearly every Sci Fi since startrek.
Then again I dont even understand why people like mass effect, I played all 3 of them, but the story was very dull/overrated, and VERY VERY cliched. Its been done a hundred times....