StarCraft II closed Beta goes live

Stating in a press release, Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the closed beta test for its highly anticipated real-time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, has begun.

“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.

The beta program itself, believed to be 1.6 GB in size, is now live on 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.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is set to hit store shelves in the first half of 2010 for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

The minimum PC system specifications for the beta are as follows:

  • Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1/Windows 7
  • 2.2 Ghz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
  • 1 GB system RAM/1.5 GB for Vista and Windows 7
  • 128 MB NVidia GeForce 6600 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card
  • 1024×768 minimum display resolution
  • 4 GB free hard space (Beta)
  • Broadband connection
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BETA keys Going for over $150 US on eBay !
BETA program w/o key on torrent already available !
Fingers Crossed Hopin' to get a Key !

You guys should check out battle.net and see if the game is there. I don't even have wow and I got invite to the beta. But I do own every other game from blizzard.

This is amazing news! The things I'd do to play it right now... I've been opted into the beta since it was first available. And still, I didn't get in. I'm still hopeful though. I'm sure they'll invite more people in waves.

There is probably be a leaked version with a local battle.net emulator. Anyone remember what happened to warcraft 3 beta?

The beta installer is 1.64GB's, build is 13891.. And no.. I am not in the beta. These are details from a leaked installer and the beta is multiplayer only..

Wait. My laptop can play this game!

Thank you blizzard for letting us guys with low end dual cores (t5250) and 8600m's able to play this!

Perhaps we can get it this year...
This and Diablo 3 are just like The Brazilian Job movie (sequel to The Italian Job). They just seem to be postponed, canceled, delayed and announced again and again without any palpable results :(

ajua said,
Perhaps we can get it this year...
This and Diablo 3 are just like The Brazilian Job movie (sequel to The Italian Job). They just seem to be postponed, canceled, delayed and announced again and again without any palpable results :(

check out the blizzard Twitter. They give daily, if not weekly, Dev updates on d3 at least.

Avangelon said,

check out the blizzard Twitter. They give daily, if not weekly, Dev updates on d3 at least.

Still. I'd love to play the game. Blizz is just giving teasers. I would be surprised if III sees the light of day in 2011.

SugarCain said,

Still. I'd love to play the game. Blizz is just giving teasers. I would be surprised if III sees the light of day in 2011.

We all would. Have patience. There are plenty of other decent games that have hit this winter. :)

Edited by dead.cell, Feb 18 2010, 6:55am :

ajua said,
They just seem to be postponed, canceled, delayed and announced again and again without any palpable results :(
Basically, Blizzard are perfectionists.

Edited by Kirkburn, Feb 19 2010, 4:54am :

vaximily said,

How do I sign up? Give me linkssssss~!!!!

Sign in to your battle.net account and there is an option for Beta Opt-In

osm0sis said,
Wouldn't it be nice if they they would release Starcraft with Windows 7 support as a promotion?

Does Starcraft not run in Windows 7? It would be cool to see that, and support for higher, widescreen resolutions.

Shadrack said,
Does Starcraft not run in Windows 7? It would be cool to see that, and support for higher, widescreen resolutions.
It runs, but very very oddly. Weird graphics artifacts/problems throughout. Blizzard should definitely follow what Rockstar did when San Andreas came out and offer up the older game, updated and free for download.