Yeah that's really disappointing.
If the former is true, then that's really unfortunate for the large number of indie game devs that can't afford it.
If you're strapped for cash, you can actually buy a professional version of an older VS version such as 2008 for very cheap, but the latest version always costs a kidney!
Really? I thought that it required you to have VS 2012 professional edition. Maybe I didn't read it right. In that case, I'm good because I have 2010 professional. I got it as a gift from Microsoft about a year or two ago.