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StarCraft II closed Beta goes live

Wednesday, 17th February 2010 21:08 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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The wait’s over! The StarCraft II Beta has gone live.

The Beta program itself is thought to be 1.6Gb in size, and is now live on Battle.net.

Awesome stuff, kids. If you need to know if your hardware runs it, the official specs for it are here.

Last week, Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime confirmed the Beta would begin “later this month”.

The game, beginning with Wings of Liberty, is out in the middle half of the year.

GO, KIDS, GO!

Full PR below:

Blizzard Entertainment Begins Closed Beta Testing of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the closed beta test for its highly anticipated real-time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, has begun. Thousands of gamers around the world have started to receive invitations from the company to participate in the first phase of the beta test. In addition to providing feedback on the multiplayer balance of StarCraft II, testers are also getting a first look at Blizzard Entertainment’s revamped Battle.net service, which will be the online platform for StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, and future Blizzard Entertainment games.

“Gathering concentrated feedback from our players is an important step for us as we head into the final stretch of development for StarCraft II and the new Battle.net service,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We look forward to having our players’ help in polishing the overall experience and preparing for launch.”

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s 1998 hit StarCraft, which has been hailed by players and critics worldwide as one of the top real-time strategy games of all time. Sporting a vibrant new 3D-graphics engine, StarCraft II will once again center on the clash between the protoss, terrans, and zerg, with each side deploying legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is currently slated to ship in the first half of 2010.

In addition, Blizzard Entertainment will again offer unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company’s world-renowned gaming service. A new version of Battle.net will be launched alongside StarCraft II with several enhancements and new features to establish it as the premier online gaming destination for Blizzard gamers.

For more information on StarCraft II and the beta test, please visit the official StarCraft II website at http://www.starcraft2.com. To set up a Battle.net account and sign up for a chance to participate in the StarCraft II beta test, please visit the official Battle.net website at http://www.battle.net.

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  1. Gekidami

    Go? Go where? Cant you only get in it if you went to BlizCon? Breaking into the safe of my bank would be easier; Atleast its in the same goddamn country!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Nah, they had sign ups for closed beta’s ages ago on the battle.net profiles.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    I might have read things, but I think the beta is sharable.

    I doubt it, I think I am reading things, but…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Starcraft 2 and shareable have no hits when googling, seems like you were dreaming it young sir.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    Ah, I knew I read it wrong.

    You’re allowed to share information from the beta.

    *facepalm*

    So no NDA anyways.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. loki

    boriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Grimrita

    no email for me yet. I signed up on day 1

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Hunam

    I doubt it’s first come first serve Grimrita. I’d imagine people who play their games online a lot (SC/WC3/WoW) will get preference.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Grimrita

    Probably. TBH, this is VERY low on my radar and dont expect this to be ground breaking – just SC1 in a new modern outfit

    #9 4 years ago