StarCraft II gets July 27 worldwide release date

Speaking in a press release, Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed a July 27 worldwide release date for its highly-anticipated real-time strategy game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. While the date is only for retail sales, the title will be available on the developer’s download service “shortly after” launch.

"We’ve been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we’re excited that the time for that is almost here,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Thanks to our beta testers, we’re making great progress on the final stages of development, and we’ll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net in just a few months."

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 title is currently in a closed beta test with users on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

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