If you're lucky enough to be in possession of a Starcraft II beta key, and you own one of them expensive looking Apple computers, you can now get to playing Blizzard's long, long awaited sequel on your nice and shiny Apple-computer-by-Apple. Expect some moderate system requirments to make the game run well. My best guess is that if you can run World of Warcraft you shouldn't have too much trouble with Starcraft II.
Beta keys are still being offered by Blizzard and there's three ways to get it. You can go to starcraft2.com and sign up through a battle.net account, get a key from a friend who is already in the beta, or pre-order the game at Gamestop. You could also appeal to heathen gods but you'll likely end up getting a demon spirit with your beta key, and that tends to suck.
Update: we have confirmed that this was a hoax. Blizzard issued this statement:
This is not correct. We have not sent out beta invitations yet and there is no download available. If you do get a mail claiming you made it into the beta now, be very careful and check back with your contact at Blizzard to avoid installing trojans.
Luis 'Paperkat' Di Centa, who was crowned World of Warcraft champion at BlizzCon 2008, reports that he has received an invitation for the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty closed beta. Di Centa claims he has received an email from Blizzard stating the following:
We're excited to have reached the beta-testing stage for the second Starcraft game, and we'd be grateful to have your assistance in finalizing the content. There are a lot of new things to test, the single-player campaign and a brand new multiplayer experience, and we look forward to receiving any feedback you can offer.
Read on to learn how to participate and thank you in advance for your support in helping us put the finishing touches on the game...
Apparently the beta download weighs in at a hefty 8.3 GB and is still inaccessible to invitees. The email, however, contained a code for accessing the download once it's available.
With World of Warcraft celebrating five years and the classic Warcraft series now going on fifteen, what could be next for Blizzard? One employee says a console game may definitely be on the distant horizon.
Samwise Didier, senior director of StarCraft II and art director of the first three Warcraft games was recently quoted as saying, "We're working on PC because it's familiar to us and it's relatively easy and it's not changing formats every other year and there aren't three different versions. Console, we have to worry about. I think the PC is really a good market to target."
J. Allen Brack, production director for World of Warcraft also said, "we're a company of gamers. I have two consoles at home. Sam has consoles. We're a culture of gamers. We will definitely work on a console game at some point. I have no doubt about that. It's just a matter of what game. What makes the most sense?"
That brings to question what exactly does make sense for a company like Blizzard to make for next gen consoles. Could we have the first real MMORPG made for consoles by them people who arguably make them the best? Let's cross our fingers.
Here's a leaked video that shows off the dynamic weather effects in StarCraft II. Check it out below.
Blizzard released some new screenshots for StarCraft II. Also the SCII website is now fully functional with a whole bunch of new information.
Recently Blizzard hinted that Diablo III would not be releasing in 2010 alongside StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and that it would be coming in the "next few years." Speaking with Techland, Blizzard's VP of game design, Rob Pardo, confirmed that Diablo III will not be coming next year. "I think it’s safe to say that, yeah, [Diablo III] is not going to be out next year," he said. "We always announce all of our games too early. We realize that and go, 'You know what? Next time we’re not going to do that.' And then we always fail at that. But I'd rather fail at that than fail at making the game great."
At a presentation in New York City, Activision Blizzard made note of the fact that, while StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm would be coming out sometime in 2010, the StarCraft II campaign expansions, Diablo III and an announced MMO will be coming out in "the next few years." Diablo III is set to be released in 2011 at the earliest. Not very promising words for Blizzard fans.
Earlier this year, Blizzard announced that the StarCraft 2 beta would be released sometime within 2009. Unfortunately that won't happen. During IngroMir, a three-day long gaming event in Germany(November 6th through November 8th), StarCraft 2's lead producer Chris Sigaty revealed during a Q&A that the beta has been pushed into 2010.