Coming This Month: StarCraft II Closed Beta

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Edited By Brad  Staff

That unholiest of corporate unions Activision Blizzard held one of those often fruitful earnings calls earlier today, and unless you're a current or potential investor I will now direct your attention to the single most important nugget of information in the whole shebang.  


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Yes, after nearly a year of stops and starts, during which our feelings were collectively crushed numerous times, it would seem the StarCraft II beta will be ready for launch sometime in roughly the next couple of weeks. Of course, you'll need to have opted into the beta already through any number of means, including having gone to a previous BlizzCon or, I guess, knowing somebody at Blizzard.

There was some speculation that the beta was nigh after Blizzard started heavily promoting the new Battle.net yesterday with a big preview page and a video that you can watch below.
 
 
   
 
Who's stoked? Who's already in the beta? What would you do to get in, if you aren't yet? 
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#1  Edited By Brad  Staff

That unholiest of corporate unions Activision Blizzard held one of those often fruitful earnings calls earlier today, and unless you're a current or potential investor I will now direct your attention to the single most important nugget of information in the whole shebang.  


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Here, allow me to clarify.
 

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Yes, after nearly a year of stops and starts, during which our feelings were collectively crushed numerous times, it would seem the StarCraft II beta will be ready for launch sometime in roughly the next couple of weeks. Of course, you'll need to have opted into the beta already through any number of means, including having gone to a previous BlizzCon or, I guess, knowing somebody at Blizzard.

There was some speculation that the beta was nigh after Blizzard started heavily promoting the new Battle.net yesterday with a big preview page and a video that you can watch below.
 
 
   
 
Who's stoked? Who's already in the beta? What would you do to get in, if you aren't yet? 
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#2  Edited By S0ndor

Hmm I only like Starcraft for its story. I was never one of those hardcore online players so a beta doesn't really interest me right now.
 
Looking forward more to the new Diablo :)

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#3  Edited By yindotrunks

still excited

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#4  Edited By BackpackKat

Sweet this means Blizzard will get closer to finishing StarCradt and move on to the game I care about Diablo III!!!!

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#5  Edited By fripplebubby

Wow, my pc can't run it DAMN DAMN DAMN

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#6  Edited By demonbear

Meh.

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#7  Edited By Floppypants

I pray to Bob every night that he'll send me a beta invite.

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#8  Edited By mustachioeugene

wow. seems like this game could finally, almost, soonish-ly be here.

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#9  Edited By Cornman89

Half-Beard must be pretty stoked about this.

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#10  Edited By ThatFrood

BRAD!
STARCRAFT!
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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#11  Edited By Interfect

for a game that may never come out. a beta sounds awesome.

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#12  Edited By Sil3n7

GOD YES!

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#13  Edited By NoXious

Had to quickly check my Battle.Net account, sure am glad to see I still am registered for Beta and my specs are up-to-date.

I will be expecting my e-mail in 10 days, thank you very much.

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#14  Edited By Alphazero

I'm about to drop the hammer!
 
Totally psyched, but.... only my work computer can handle it, I'm guessing. Hmmmm.

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since when do game reviewers determine the legitimacy of corporate mergers?

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#16  Edited By ArbitraryWater

Oh man. I bet you kids are pumped for a sequel to Starcraft that will probably be the same game except with different units! I'm not.

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#17  Edited By ThatFrood
@Blood_for_the_blood_God said:
" since when do game reviewers determine the legitimacy of corporate mergers? "
Brad is a dude who has opinions?
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#18  Edited By Dontlooknow

Hell its about time

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#19  Edited By DanielJW

I don't buy it.

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#20  Edited By ThatFrood
@Dontlooknow said:

" Hell its about time "

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#21  Edited By clubsammich
@S0ndor said:
" Hmm I only like Starcraft for its story. I was never one of those hardcore online players so a beta doesn't really interest me right now.  Looking forward more to the new Diablo :) "
I doubt we will see anything new on Diablo 3 for a very long time:(. Anyways, I was never a huge fan of StarCraft's MP either.
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#22  Edited By ajamafalous
@ArbitraryWater said:
" Oh man. I bet you kids are pumped for a sequel to Starcraft that will probably be the same game except with different units! I'm not. "
Troll harder bro.
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#23  Edited By thecleric

When it comes to Blizzard products I learned long ago, never to get hyped about them.. You just wait patiently.

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#24  Edited By EtherealSlayer

Already in thanks to Blizzcon, its about damn time!
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#25  Edited By Jerusahat

I'm stoked that Brad's back!
 
@S0ndor said:

"Looking forward more to the new Diablo :) "
 
If you stand on tip-toe, and squint, you can just about make it out on the horizon. :(
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#26  Edited By jeffgoldblum
@Blood_for_the_blood_God said:
" since when do game reviewers determine the legitimacy of corporate mergers? "
Since when do commenters decide the job requirements of the guys who work for GiantBomb?
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#27  Edited By ectoplasma
@Cornman89: looooool
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#28  Edited By alpha_numeric

lies

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#29  Edited By FartyMcNarly

I'm going to have to wait outside a blizzard booth and hope someone who won beta access would be willing to sell it to me.

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#30  Edited By endaround

So now what, a 8 month closed beta followed by a 12 month open beta and Christmas Season 2012 here we come!

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#31  Edited By MrKlorox

I submitted my app a while back. I hope I'm chosen even if I'm not the biggest Starcraft or RTS fan.

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#32  Edited By JoelTGM

The game will probably be pretty amazing and full of great features, but ugh, I can't get into RTS.  I wish I could, because I'm sure a lot of people will get thousands of hours out of StarCraft 2 over the years.

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#33  Edited By mattbodega

Hey, do you guys no where I can find Bob Colayco? I need some beta keys, and I'll eat an unheated cup of noodles filled with energy sludge to get one.

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#34  Edited By Milkman

Is there anything that we can do to get in? Or is it more of a "friends and family" thing?

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#35  Edited By mathewballard

I would be willing to give up all the betas I've been a part of just to be in this one. 

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#36  Edited By slantedwindows

hear that? that's the sound of 10 million koreans collectively orgasming.

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#37  Edited By stephengotlost

I smell a Question of the Week topic.

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#38  Edited By Number1

Fuck this, Wheres Warcraft 4?

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#39  Edited By sjschmidt93
@Milkman: I remember signing up for the beta about 6 months ago.
 
I know for a fact that I won't get in because you had to install a .exe that scanned your hardware, and I'm pretty damn sure mine can't handle SC2 very well.
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#40  Edited By kagekage
@slantedwindows said:
" hear that? that's the sound of 10 million koreans collectively orgasming. "
I am one of them.
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#41  Edited By tmj

Oh man, this just made my day.  I have a friend that would kill to be in this beta.

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#42  Edited By Demonstride

I'm stoked about all this. And I would LOVE to be in the Starcraft 2 beta.

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#43  Edited By Seedofpower

FINALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY HOLY SHIT!

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#44  Edited By AndrewB

Do you guys realize how long the typical beta cycle for a Blizzard game is, though? I was in the Warcraft 3 beta, and it's been a number of years, but I can remember it being a long, arduous number of months and a near complete overhaul of the entire game's structure during that period.

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#45  Edited By GioVANNI
@ArbitraryWater said:
" Oh man. I bet you kids are pumped for a sequel to Starcraft that will probably be the same game except with different units! I'm not. "
Hello, Mister Negative Nancy.
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#46  Edited By Crono

Hell, it's about time.
 
No, but seriously... it's about time... also, I am so fucking stoked.
 
What would I do to get in the beta?  Well, Brad, if you have a beta key to give to me I'll be sure to let you know big guy ;) ;)

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#47  Edited By nick_verissimo
@endaround said:
" So now what, a 8 month closed beta followed by a 12 month open beta and Christmas Season 2012 here we come! "
That would make sense seeing as the end of the world will happen in and around that time.
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#48  Edited By nukesniper

I'm excited for what the beta means for SC2. More talk about the game, videos and such.  
 
I wish I was in on the beta, and I would probably kill for a damn key, but I've come to terms with the fact that I probably won't play SC2 until launch, which is better than the other thing I came to terms with recently. I expected to die of old age before SC2 ever hit shelves, so thank you blizzard for actually having a game behind all of this. Yaaaaaaaayyyyy and stuff.

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#49  Edited By Psynapse

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!! BEST NEWS OF THE DAYYYY!!!!!!
 
 *rips of his pants and runs around the office*
 
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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#50  Edited By Xenos_19

*Spoilers~* It's delayed  
 
 
 
(Yes this is intended as a joke - It will most likely be even funnier if it happens)

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