StarCraft II Beta Underway

The closed beta test for StarCraft II is now underway, reports IncGamers, where they have a screenshot showing the Blizzard downloader digesting a 1.64 GB beta client. The StarCraft II FAQ has details on how to opt-in to the beta program to be eligible for invitation to be a tester (thanks Target Gamer). Update: This Blizzard Entertainment press release officially announces the launch of testing. "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," says 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."
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 25, 2010, 07:14
ibm
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 25, 2010, 07:14
Feb 25, 2010, 07:14
ibm
 
There is no NDA.
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Feb 18, 2010, 19:47
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 18, 2010, 19:47
Feb 18, 2010, 19:47
 
DV wrote on Feb 17, 2010, 23:54:
http://www.justin.tv/iccup#r=qtG30Os~
How the hell am I watching guys playing SC2 live right now?

NDA be damned.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 18, 2010, 12:11
Kxmode
 
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 18, 2010, 12:11
Feb 18, 2010, 12:11
 Kxmode
 
I haven't played StarCraft in years so for my first 1-v-1 skirmish I got my ass hands to me in seven minutes. I had about 6 marines and 4 heavy infantry types. Then my opponent shows up with a fucking army and two tanks! I was man enough to let my opponent destroy my base and win the match, but I sort of nerd rage quit after that.

I think the problem with SC2 is not so much SC2 but the player base. You have hardcore veterans. You also have those who play RTS games exclusively and know the mechanics like nobody's business. There are also those with photographic memories who can recall which units they've deployed plus the optimal pathway to building structures. Unfortunately I am none of these.

This was merely a setback though. I think I should jump back in there and try again. I tried on Intermediate; I should change to Beginner. I should also see if my luck changes with Zerg or Protoss (my favorite race from SC1, "My life for Aiur!").

Besides that the game plays JUST LIKE StarCraft 1. If you played StarCraft 1 years ago you'll be able to pick up and go. The video configurator set my game to medium quality and the graphics still looked very nice! I was running with outdated video drivers and there were no problems (kudos to Blizzard for that). My connection is asynchronous 10 Mbps upload and download so I was surprised to see some latency issues on my part. The UI is very clean with lots of subtle animations! The music is either from StarCraft 1 or redone, but it is a nice nostalgia trip to say the least.

This comment was edited on Feb 18, 2010, 12:59.
"The present is a veil between anticipation and horror. Lift the veil... and madness may follow." source
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 18, 2010, 10:53
Ant
 
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 18, 2010, 10:53
Feb 18, 2010, 10:53
 Ant
 
kxmode wrote on Feb 17, 2010, 20:22:
OMG! I got a beta invite!

"StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ Beta Test Invitation"
Oooh, give it to me.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 18, 2010, 08:23
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 18, 2010, 08:23
Feb 18, 2010, 08:23
 
Personally, I don't want in on the beta.

I'd rather go in "fresh" when the game actually comes out than start playing the beta now. As it stands I'm already going to have to spread out my gaming excitement over months for the 3 campaigns.

I'm like that with movies, if it's something I really want to see I try to avoid all synopsis and spoilers or (if on DVD/TV) I try not to "watch a little now and then a little later."

Wake me on release day.
"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 18, 2010, 08:07
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 18, 2010, 08:07
Feb 18, 2010, 08:07
 
Do you lucky ones who were invited have an authenticator? Just wondering whether that might be a factor in their decision process.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 18, 2010, 00:28
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 18, 2010, 00:28
Feb 18, 2010, 00:28
 
Got an invite tonight, downloading the installer now.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 23:54
DV
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 23:54
Feb 17, 2010, 23:54
DV
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 22:51
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 22:51
Feb 17, 2010, 22:51
 
kxmode wrote on Feb 17, 2010, 20:22:
OMG! I got a beta invite!

"StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ Beta Test Invitation"

Congrats! Be sure to report back in a few days with your impressions!
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 20:22
Kxmode
 
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 20:22
Feb 17, 2010, 20:22
 Kxmode
 
OMG! I got a beta invite!

"StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ Beta Test Invitation"
"The present is a veil between anticipation and horror. Lift the veil... and madness may follow." source
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 19:22
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 19:22
Feb 17, 2010, 19:22
 
Bwah! Here's hoping for the next phase. All you guys who got into this phase, it's gonna be the crappiest! You'll see! You'll all see!



No.... no.... I just wanted in, is alls.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 19:14
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 19:14
Feb 17, 2010, 19:14
 
Didn't get in...I'll go and cry now for awhile.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 18:41
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 18:41
Feb 17, 2010, 18:41
 
I only learned you could register your CD keys on Battle.net today.

Oh well, I'm set for the next beta.

That's no guarantee for getting in
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 17:36
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 17:36
Feb 17, 2010, 17:36
 
I only learned you could register your CD keys on Battle.net today.

Oh well, I'm set for the next beta.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 17:30
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 17:30
Feb 17, 2010, 17:30
 
That 5 dollars WoW offer is on as we speak.

!!! WHERE!!!!????
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 17:26
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 17:26
Feb 17, 2010, 17:26
 
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is currently slated to ship in the first half of 2010.
Oh? Anyway, no access so far. Good luck, people.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 17:14
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 17:14
Feb 17, 2010, 17:14
 
Tumbler wrote on Feb 17, 2010, 16:16:
<looks at battle.net account>

How do I not have even one game officially attached to this thing? Diablo, Starcraft, Diablo 2, Warcraft 3...bah! I should have bought one of those $5 WoW offers all those times they were offered. Anyone have any blizzard specials of the $5 variety? grrrr.

That 5 dollars WoW offer is on as we speak.
Playing: Skyrim, World of Warcraft.
Future: Dead Space 3.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 17:12
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 17:12
Feb 17, 2010, 17:12
 
Battle.net appears to be hosed. Wait, there it goes. I have no SC2 game listed.
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 17:01
nin
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 17:01
Feb 17, 2010, 17:01
nin
 
I didn't get an email but when I logged into my Battle.net account about an hour ago the Starcraft II beta was added to my games list and I was able to access the client download from there.

ieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....

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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway
Feb 17, 2010, 16:55
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Underway Feb 17, 2010, 16:55
Feb 17, 2010, 16:55
 
I didn't get an email but when I logged into my Battle.net account about an hour ago the Starcraft II beta was added to my games list and I was able to access the client download from there.
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