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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Beta Underway

The StarCraft II Website announces the beginning of beta testing of the Heart of the Swarm expansion for the real-time strategy sequel (thanks BlizzPlanet). They offer a FAQ detailing on how participants are being selected, and the following explanation of what the testing entails:

The Heart of the Swarm beta test has begun! This multiplayer-only test will initially be limited to a select group of pro-gamers, members of the press, Arcade contest winners, and shoutcasters. Beta test participants are not under NDA, so youíre likely going to see live streams of matches, screenshots, and casts of impromptu Heart of the Swarm throwdowns starting . . . mmm, NOW!

We will soon be inviting other players to participate in the beta, so be sure youíve opted in by clicking on the "Beta Profile Settings" under the Account Management section of your Battle.net account (or just click here). Signing up from a Battle.net account thatís actively playing StarCraft II will help your chances of being selected. Note that opting in doesn't guarantee beta access.

We'll also be working with several fansites and community personalities to provide more opportunities to join the beta test, so keep an eye out here and throughout the StarCraft II community for details as they emerge.

For those who are in the beta already, we appreciate your assistance in helping us test the game. If youíre interested in joining the beta, we wish you luck with the opt-in and (future) giveaways, and hope to see you in a match soon!

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40. Re: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Beta Underway Sep 5, 2012, 22:31 Cyanotetyphas
 
Ah SC2. I remember reading somewhere that they were going to hit the $40 price point on this one, but I don't remember where so that might have been speculation.
SC2 is the Counterstrike of the RTS genre. No frills, not terribly friendly, honestly doesn't even run that well for what it is, but incomparable competitive play. It's all about precision, split second decisions, and execution. There's a story but I think Blizzard is just going to jerk you around for awhile before finishing their retread of Supreme Commander's arc. Those FMVs are nice though. Also there is a casual bullshit mode, its the custom games, or Arcade now. Play some footie wars, run some TDs, there's probably a wierd mod based on a sci fi property you like. I recommend having the TV on in the background.

But yeah, single player was more like a scenario generator. Try to keep it interesting since so many people were coming in with high skill levels. As much fun as build up and roll out is they only gave a few of those.

I don't have an opinion on ESPORTS gET IN THE GAME but the ladder works pretty well actually. If its not your thing its not your thing though.
 
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