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Blizzard opens the doors to Starcraft II

by Steven Williamson on 7 May 2009, 09:59

Tags: Starcraft II (2), Vivendi Universal Interactive (NYSE:VIV), PC, Strategy

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The sequel to the hit real-time strategy game, StarCraft is gearing up for the launch of its beta phase over the coming months. Blizzard is now calling for beta testers for Starcraft II!

"The StarCraft II beta-test period is coming in the months ahead! If you'd like a chance to participate, now's the time to let us know. Simply go to the "Beta Profile Settings" page in Battle.net account management to go through the new beta opt-in process and upload a snapshot of your system specs. During this process, you'll also have the opportunity to opt in to future betas for other Blizzard Entertainment games. Please note that even if you've opted in to our betas previously, you'll need to complete this new process and upload your current system specs to have a chance to be invited," reads the statement on the official Blizzard website.

You can create your Battlenet account here.

StarCraft II sees the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races, though each race has been overhauled to offer further balance to the gameplay.

In addition to its single-player campaign, which picks up the epic saga where the last entry in the series StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will offer online play through an upgraded version of its online gaming service, Battle.net, which will include a competitive ladder system and a matchmaking component that aims to bring together players of a similar skill level.

In an interview, Blizzard's Cinematic Creative Director explained: "The controls for these scenes will be much more intricate than before. Since our graphics engine for the game itself can display a wide range of effects, such as normal mapping, we can actually create in-game cut-scenes of near-cinematic quality. And since we have more control over camera movement, unit animation, and lighting, our only limitations here are the engine's limitations. A good part of the plot will unfold through in-game cut-scenes, but the most pivotal scenes are still being told through cinematics."

Aside from looking great, StarCraft II will also feature new units, upgrades to old units and some new gameplay mechanics. We can also look forward to full map-making and scripting tools that will allow players to create custom maps and mods.

A release date has yet to be announced.


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Just one thing to be aware of

I created a new Battle.net account, but I'm unable to opt in. Why?
In order for a Battle.net account to be able to opt in to upcoming beta tests, you must have at least one Blizzard Entertainment game that you own attached to the account. Please note that the World of Warcraft trial edition does not count toward this requirement. Having more than one game attached to an account or having specific games attached to an account will not affect your chances to be selected.

So unless you already have a valid game on your account, you cant opt in for the beta
You don't own a single blizzard game? What's wrong with you? :p
Actually I own Diablo, Diablo Hellfire, Diablo 2 & LOD, however I cannot find any of my game cases with the CD keys on :P

I havent used my WoW account in over a year so that's no use either lol