StarCraft II Beta Scheduling

BlizzCast Episode 13 is a StarCraft II beta special, discussing the testing that's underway for Blizzard's real-time strategy sequel (thanks StarcraftWire.net). When asked about beta testing the map editor, Chris Sigaty volunteers an estimate of how long the beta will continue, saying they are still looking to release the first installment of the game in the first half of this year:
You haven't asked this question yet, but I'll answer it ahead of time. We were targeting three to five months for the beta, we're really at a three month period of time for the beta at this point. We are still targeting the first half of this year, so with that in mind, it really shortens the window of time with our major content patch coming out pretty close to the end whether it's even worth it putting out the map editor at that point.
On a related note, a new version 0.3.14048 of the StarCraft II Beta is now available.
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Feb 26, 2010, 13:17
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Scheduling Feb 26, 2010, 13:17
Feb 26, 2010, 13:17
 
The only reason I really care about this is...the sooner they get this POS out...the quicker we hear more about a release on D3...altho I'm not even sure how excited I am about that anymore.
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Feb 26, 2010, 13:54
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Scheduling Feb 26, 2010, 13:54
Feb 26, 2010, 13:54
 
*watches nin check email.*


A release in the first half of this year is smart. There's not a lot of competition going on, so they're bound to sell a shitload of copies. They did the same thing all the way back with Warcraft 2. Sold it in traditionally crappy months for selling games, and everybody who wanted a new game bought it.

It's good to see at least ONE developer still getting it.

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Feb 26, 2010, 14:01
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Scheduling Feb 26, 2010, 14:01
Feb 26, 2010, 14:01
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I gave up on multi-player. Too many overly skilled RTS players to make it even remotely fun! I'll just wait until the single-player game is out.
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Please be true!!
Feb 26, 2010, 14:25
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Please be true!! Feb 26, 2010, 14:25
Feb 26, 2010, 14:25
 
Man if this is true it could mean that SCII is coming out this summer!! Hopefully they make it so, because the replays I have seen of the beta so far looks really polished. Yes some balancing has to be done, but they can do that postlaunch as well. Also as someone mentioned below, summer is low on hot titles so more focus for StarCraft II if they release it then instead of the busy holiday season.

SO please Blizzard, save us from the summer boredom with a StarCraft II release!!
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Feb 26, 2010, 15:56
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Scheduling Feb 26, 2010, 15:56
Feb 26, 2010, 15:56
 
Dude, they could release it at any time and it would sell just the same. Blizzard is not worried about any competition.
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Feb 26, 2010, 17:05
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Scheduling Feb 26, 2010, 17:05
Feb 26, 2010, 17:05
 
Blizzard would have to be nuts to release SC2 during the Fall because that's when they probably plan to ship WoW Cataclysm. Can you imagine the network load the simultaneous game launches would put on their Battle.net systems? Yeah not pretty.

And damn, it's been almost 3 years since they announced SC2. As the marine in the first trailer says, "hell, it's about time".
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Feb 26, 2010, 18:22
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Scheduling Feb 26, 2010, 18:22
Feb 26, 2010, 18:22
 
How many SC2 copies will ring the cash registers within 48hrs of global launch, 50 million? 100 million?

i too will buy it, just because there is no other RTS worth of competing with it at this time.
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Feb 26, 2010, 22:05
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Scheduling Feb 26, 2010, 22:05
Feb 26, 2010, 22:05
 
kxmode wrote on Feb 26, 2010, 14:01:
I gave up on multi-player. Too many overly skilled RTS players to make it even remotely fun! I'll just wait until the single-player game is out.

I also had this concern - isn't the matchmaking system supposed to help alleviate this to some extent?
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Feb 26, 2010, 22:36
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Re: StarCraft II Beta Scheduling Feb 26, 2010, 22:36
Feb 26, 2010, 22:36
 
Flipper405 wrote on Feb 26, 2010, 22:05:
kxmode wrote on Feb 26, 2010, 14:01:
I gave up on multi-player. Too many overly skilled RTS players to make it even remotely fun! I'll just wait until the single-player game is out.

I also had this concern - isn't the matchmaking system supposed to help alleviate this to some extent?

Hopefully it'll work better than Warcraft 3's. Also, it was mentioned in an interview that SC2 is going to have some multiplayer training maps, and a lot more casual friendly maps and options in the editor. I think they've learned a huge lesson from WOW in the need to make their games more accessible.
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Feb 26, 2010, 23:02
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Feb 26, 2010, 23:02
 
They could release them the same day and it wouldn't make a difference. I know I won't be getting SCII, but I will be picking up Cat.
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