Starcraft II closed beta begins

Blizzard proclaims "thousands of gamers around the world" have begun receiving invites to test sci-fi RTS game's multiplayer mode, new Battle.net.

Following Activision's full-year earnings report last week, Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime proclaimed as part of a conference call with analysts and investors that the Starcraft II closed multiplayer beta test would start up this month. True to Morhaime's word, the Irvine, California-based studio announced today that the closed beta window has opened and it has begun sending out invitations to "thousands of gamers around the world."

Starcraft II has entered one of the final phases before deployment.

In what Blizzard called "the first phase of the beta test," invitees will be afforded the chance to try out Starcraft II's much anticipated, though LAN-less, multiplayer component. Though the first installment in the trifurcated Starcraft II series, Wings of Liberty, will focus on the human Terran campaign in single-player mode, the multiplayer component will also let gamers wage interstellar real-time strategy warfare as the hivelike Zerg and technologically advanced Protoss factions.

The testing phase also gives eligible gamers the chance to check out Blizzard's overhaul to the Battle.net online gaming service. As detailed by vice president of game design Rob Pardo during last year's BlizzCon, the new Battle.net will offer gamers a variety of features, including persistent player profiles across all of Blizzard's games. The overhauled gaming platform will also feature improved matchmaking services and enhanced competitive gaming functionality.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is currently slated to arrive for the PC during the first half of 2010. Many analysts regard the game's commercial success as a forgone conclusion, with sales estimates creeping up beyond 6 million units by the end of the year. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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RTSgamer32
RTSgamer32

i lost my bnet account, so im probably going to miss out on playing starcraft 2 and will buy the retail

robekl123
robekl123

you need to sign up on battle.net!!!!! they send out beta keys some times you need to be patient

asdx5
asdx5

where do you need to ask to get beta key's ?

Roggirek
Roggirek

Anyone know when the next wave of beta keys goes out? Which wave are they on?

FlyingHombre
FlyingHombre

Blizzard games do take awhile to come out but heck, it's worth it in the end.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

Man I wish this came out earlier... All blizzard games come out very very, very... late.

athenian29
athenian29

Still no key yet. I'm probably going to be in wave 4 or 5. :(

athenian29
athenian29

@SalFlame Thank you! Thank you so much for having the kahunas to tell the fanboys to shut up!

SalFlame
SalFlame

I don't get some people's obsession with arguing which console (or PC, in this case). It's as pointless as arguing "My dad's better than your dad!". Everysystem has strong points and weak points. I, growing up on consoles (Dreamcast, NES, SNES, N64, etc.) as I did, find it much harder to use a keyboards for most games (other than strategy games, of course), but I'm practicing and enjoying the experience now. Now would you all just stop f**king arguing about sales, surveys, and exclusives. Let's get back to the discussion about the sequel to an amazing game. An amazing game that I still play and enjoy =)

Burnouct
Burnouct

Do you know how can i get the beta If I dont have some blizzard game bought before? Thanks.

Striker9876
Striker9876

w00t SC2 beta is pretty awesome! Though there def needs some work...my command center was invisible o.O And yes i was running everything maxed out w/smooth frame rates & updated drivers :p lol

JinPT
JinPT

@Lockedge you only need to login once on each PC. just test it

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Knutte79 who the Fcccuckkkk with Ladiesgirl14??? I never heard that name??

Knutte79
Knutte79

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Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@ fps_d0minat0r - I'll give you last messages: PCs not dead.. but (( OVERALL )) gaming industry is "dying" Sony, Microsoft, EA, 2K, ActivisionBlizzard, Midway, Eidos, Ubisoft, Take Two suffered heavy losses last year.. & have a major impact on gaming development. - Not only PCs, but Consoles are also suffering the impact .. Sony lost a lot amount of money last year.. Microsoft's loss & fired many employees & now focus on the 360. many game publishers & developer closing / delaying some of their titles. - Unlucky for PCs their Great "exclusives" titles made by Blizzard (StarCraft & Diablo) & Valve (Half-Life series) they always make it over a period of 4 years (not include: Delaying" thing!!). different from SCEA and Microsoft, they make a Games every year. :) . - In facts PCs has a lot "exclusives" with good quantity both quality like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call Of Pripyat (8.0), Machinarium (8.0), Dawn Of Discovery (8.0), The Path (8.0), CryoStatis The Sleep Of Reason (8.0), Hearts Of Iron (8.5), Europa Universalis 3 (8.0), King's Bounty Armored Princess (8.0), Mines Of Moria (8.5), BattleForge (8.0) It's "small numbers" from 2009 alone & 85% from Indie (Independent) Studios it's not including Tales Of Monkey Island (8.0) The Sims 3 (9.0) & Dawn Of War 2 (8.5)... besides other Big Publishers & Developer like Blizzard / Valve. (It's not editor's choice (9.0) but still great around (8.0) same as MAG (8.0) or Ratchet & Clank (8.5) & highly addictive, also their amount is "too much" for an "exclusives" standard. FYI: a lot great studios born from PCs side. - Consoles just support their "exclusives" from Microsoft studios & Sony (SCEA) ONLY!! (In fact other than that = NOTHING, No Indies or Major Publisher makes "exclusive" for them "unless they're paid by those two to make games") even MGS series & Final Fantasy series become "MULTI-PLATFORM". - So Please!!... don't mention about "Exclusives" thing!! again & again.. I'm tired hearing that from you.. (just don't look the book by the cover... geeezzz too many watching Ads)

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@ fps_d0minat0r PS3 most anticipated exclusive = God Of War 3 / Heavy Rain / Gran Turismo 5. 360 most anticipated exclusive = Alan Wake / Halo Reach / Crackdown / Fable 3. PCs most anticipated exclusive = Half-Life II Episode 3 / The Witcher 2 / StarCraft 2 / Diablo 3. - FAIR ENOUGH!!! - Exclusives are made by Microsoft Studio for 360 only / Sony (SCEA) as publisher for their PS3 only & Blizzard representative from PCs = just made for PC only. - Other than that (( RANDOM )) releases. example: PCs has better version: Dragon Age Origins, Far Cry 2 & Last Remnants over Consoles & Consoles has better version: Modern Warfare 2 & Resident Evil 5. - PS3 missed great series like Left4Dead / Mass Effect / StarCraft / Half-Life / The Witcher. - 360 missed great series like KillZone / Uncharted / Ratchet & Clank / Diablo / The Sims / Command & Conquer / Total War. - PCs missed great series like Demon's Soul / Little Big Planet / Halo / Bayonetta / Darksiders. - It's just FAIR-SHARE.. moron!! and why do you keep mentioning about "MGS", they become multi-platform now? I didn't mention Crysis with same reason!! - Mouse & Keyboard = Suit for their Precision for (Strategy/RPGs/1st Person Shooter/Adventure/Platforming) GamePad = Suit for Camera based Games (3rd Person Action/Racing/Fighting/Platforming). :) . - And you know what "PC system can support both Gamepad, Mouse & Keyboard"... LoL :D besides dual-monitor/LCD

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@Lockedge, As a devout Steam fan, I can safely say that I seriously doubt we'll see SC2 on Steam. The new bnet was designed as a digital distribution method for SC2 and all of Blizz's PC library, so they'll probably use that. It's unfortunate, because I can see where that's going; Activision shoehorning themselves into digital distribution on Blizz's back. I guess it's where everyone's heading though... @FPS dominator: Your reasoning falls a little flat when you compare SC to franchises like MW2, which was wildly successful and nearly the same formula CoD4 used. It's unclear just how fresh SC2 will be as opposed to SC1, but if it's anything like the jump from Warcraft 2 to 3, I don't see SC2 disappointing the masses.

Lockedge
Lockedge

@JinPT Yes, there's offline mode, but you need to login and be online in order to go into offline mode that then allows you to play offline. It's a really stupid measure, and I have at least one friend that's been unable to play his Steam games because he lacks internet and didn't go into offline mode prior to moving. So he's been a few months away from the games he bought and are on his HDD. He's just being told he can't play what's his. *shrug* Which I suppose if you live in a place where you always have internet, it's no biggie, but here in Canada there are often badwidth caps and many places you can't get internet, and that's when Steam becomes a burden, and something to avoid. Putting Starcraft on Steam wouldn't increase the amount of people that would buy Starcraft, it would just make it nicer for those who use Steam. Steam is great in theory, but it just lacks the ability to remove it as a gateway upon registering a CD-key. If it allowed you to access your games whenever you wanted after registering them on Steam, that would make it a lot more appealing.

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

So... I have been having problems to send my computer settings... I know I am more than capable to play this game! I mean I just brought the computer and It has the best settings... Can anyone help me to send this details to blizzard?

JinPT
JinPT

@Omegka yes, every game on steam has its pirate version, but people buy games more easily there than on retail, even if they have access to the pirate version of the same game. and almost every PC gamer knows steam. sorry double comment

JinPT
JinPT

@Lockedge u only need steam to activate the game, u can play your games in offline mode. And the reason i like steam, apart from reducing piracy on PC, is that i have my games there, and as long as valve doens't go bankrupt, i will never lose them.

k0r3aN_pR1d3
k0r3aN_pR1d3

etai79, consoles may generate the bulk of revenue but the computer remains the most used gaming platform in the United States. Consoles have a larger profit margin due to their $60 price tag and associated DLC along with the fact that most research groups do not count in digital distribution. Computing standards is a big worry for now, but with improving hardware standards and stronger pushes by nVidia and ATI, there is a greater potential market than before (especially with the popularity of laptops). While in the US the PC is sluggish, in Asia it is still the platform of choice mainly due to different factors that went in play. Factors such as bandwith penetration. The US still has yet to have full DSL which leads people to go to consoles for games as they lack the key multiplayer fundamental as they would on the PC (like 7 years ago). And now with all this development going on about the cloud, I am worried that the US is going to be lacking again. While google is making a significant push along with others, Korean and Japanese development continue to skyrocket on the PC platform.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

So we should expect the first stories of Korean gamers collapsing from exhaustion in about say 72 hours time?

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ Ladiesman17 your right! exclusives ARE for sales. if pc had god of war, gran turismo, lbp, heavy rain, mgs4, killzone 2, resistance, infamous, uncharted, ect id probably be a pc gamer. i couldnt care less if sony lost $100 per console, i dont own shares in them. they dug their own grave? theve produced the best titles of this gen so far. cya tomorrow "brick-head" oh and mouse + keyboard is the easiest peripheral in gaming i can think of after a touch screen so being a PC gamer, you should be the last person talking about simplicity. @ Earthbound_X because he thinks its a bad thing keeping old consoles and games, thats what makes him the real "brick-head"

Earthbound_X
Earthbound_X

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Earthbound_X
Earthbound_X

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Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@ fps_d0minat0r I'm sleepy hearing that "exclusive" things!! they made a lot of exclusives >> Because they afraid their Consoles DIDN'T SELL WEELLL.... for every PS3 consoles, SONY lost $35, They dug their own grave..hahaha.. yeah they using LINUX on your PS3 OS..Including all that components inside "you can ask gamespot staff if you don't believe me") Original Consoles already extinct... - ps: I'll sleep right now,, see ya tomorrow.. "brick-head"

Earthbound_X
Earthbound_X

@Ladiesman17 What? I still have NES games, why would I throw games away? Do you throw away old PC games?

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

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etai79
etai79

Actually the majority of gamers are between 20 and 30, according to a recent survey. Seeing as how consoles generate the bulk of the industry revenue here in the United States, I'd say most people are playing on consoles.

k0r3aN_pR1d3
k0r3aN_pR1d3

Earthbound_X "All the great games just cease to exist?" Seeing how Microsoft is going to pull the plug on multiplayer for Xbox original games, I would think so. Your comprehension of English is pretty lacking as I was talking about consoles, aka physical hardware. Yet you blurt in games. I never mentioned anything about throwing away old games. Quite curious how you came to that hotheaded conclusion. And the fact is, the majority of console owners are teens. I can't change that fact, I'm not god. If you don't like it, QQ.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Ghoulish_Visage Good Ol'd Timeee dude!! many PC users out there think the same with you, including me.. only remain: Blizzard & Valve games have that "moment"... when watching the demo footage from SC2, it's reminds me of my child-hood.... sound design & flash-back.. with new-design & style >> It's just makes me insane.. :)

etai79
etai79

The Windows platform has only a fraction of the games that are totally available. By going "PC only" because of some hardware or technical reason, you simply close doors for yourself. And to think that x64/Windows boxes are different and special is a joke. How often do you have to swap out hardware, operating systems, drivers, applications, just to keep up? How many PC games are now unplayable because of changing hardware? As someone who was around when the Apple II and Amiga were out, I can tell you that many games playable on the chipsets of today will be unplayable 10 or 15 years from now. It is not the hardware, but the games themselves that should be the focus. I've still got games in ideal condition from when I was younger - I've kept the hardware around. It becomes difficult to maintain - but if the interest is there, it's not a big deal. There are those who play games for the novelty, for the technology - because of the culture. Then there are those who play games for the games themselves. I'll leave it up to you to decide which group generates the most fanboys.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Looking forward to the single player at least..always got my ass handed to me in LAN games on the original so never got into Battle.net.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

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Ghoulish_Visage
Ghoulish_Visage

@ Ladiesman17 I miss the days when developers took the pc seriously. Man, Black and White, just got hit by a wave of nostalgia.

Earthbound_X
Earthbound_X

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Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Earthbound_X at least we, do not using simple OS, non-graphical setting "It's too difficult for kids", & "auto-aim" while playing 1st person shooter. it's >> too arcade-ish, on the console. LOL :) (in fact that made for kids for their simplicity) bye-bye....

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

k0r3aN_pR1d3, Yeah, cos id allow my 7 year old son to play Gears of War and God of War 3, he also really enjoys a good old slaughter fest on Dantes Inferno.

Earthbound_X
Earthbound_X

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k0r3aN_pR1d3
k0r3aN_pR1d3

I wish that console fanboys would grow up. :\ I've passed my video game console phase (finally) and whenever I deal with a Xbox or PS3, it is because my 7 and 11 year old cousin want to play something. :) Seriously, if you are religiously fighting over a piece of silicon that you are gonna throw in the trash 5 years later, that is quite saddening. Grow up fanboys. Act like young adults instead of bickering over electronic products. And if you don't like StarCraft II, fine, no need to QQ over it because that clearly shows you aren't part of the target audience Blizzard had in mind.

eoj
eoj

I think there will be lan in starcraft 2 but it won't be done by blizzard. Someone will come along and make a mod for the game or make a free starcraft 2 like someone did for WOW. If someone made a free WOW sever than someone will make a free starcraft to download.

_Rye_
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Merex760
Merex760

@Ladiesman17 Amazing post.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@ FPS Dominator: If this game catches on like the first did, 6m will be a walk in the park.