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|Feb 23 2010, 4:03pm Anchor|
*FEB 17th 2010* ( 3:40 PM PST about when it started.. about.. )
Great news guys, beta is now live!
Here is a link to a official thread on the blizzard forums made by a Blizzard employee
"StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Beta Is Now Live!
the public beta test of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has officially
begun! Invitations to participate in the beta test are now being
delivered. As with previous Blizzard Entertainment titles, the
beta-test process for StarCraft II will occur in phases. In each phase,
we will be selecting players who meet specific criteria and who have
opted in via their Battle.net accounts.
need to have a Battle.net account. For more information on the
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test, please read the FAQ Forums.battle.net and our recent media alert.
possible that you'll be added in a later phase. Keep an eye on the
email address associated with your Battle.net account, and stay tuned
to www.StarCraft2.com for further updates.
If someone wants me to post the FAQ from Blizzard I will. If I do I will also probably be adding more to the FAQ if needed.
( Of course part of the added bits will depend on IF I manage to get into beta myself. )
Congrats to those who got in, don't fret if you don't. There is still
From some of the reports it seems as of now beta invites are still
Well guys it appears that the first wave of invites is over. The
"I wanted to provide an update for players that
attended BlizzCon and redeemed their codes, but have yet to receive a
beta key invite email. The first wave of invites have already been sent
out and a majority of the invites were sent out to BlizzCon attendees.
Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of BlizzCon attendees, we could
not get everyone in with the first wave. Rest assured that if you did
not get into the first wave, you will be included in a future wave,
possibly within the next two weeks.
The timing of the next wave will be dependent upon the amount of
players that are playing and the load capacity of the servers. Thank
you for your understanding and patience through this process."
*EDIT FEB 22 2010 6:20 pm PST*
It seems Wave 2 is underway. Good luck to everyone who opted in, and congrats to anyone that do get in.Seems they started sending around 5:30 pm PST.
So far it seems, this might just be invites to people who had Blizzcon
*EDIT FEB 23 2010 1:00 pm PST*
No confirmation or denying of a 2end wave by Blizzard, added with this extra key stuff.. seems a bit frustrating to me. I would like to know others opinions on this as to me it seems Blizzard likes to keep their fans in the dark, even when its bad for their image.
*EDIT MARCH 5 2010*
*EDIT MARCH 15 2010*
Here is the link to the Blizzcast. ( #13 ) The run time for this is 52 minuits and 9 seconds. So if you want to listen to it instead of read it, make sure you set aside some time. Take note though they seem to top talking about SC2 at about the 32 min mark. They start a World of Warcraft & Diablo 3 Q&A after that. ( They start with WoW Q&A so.. you might want to skip a little bit if your more interested in Diablo 3 over WoW. )
Other than that not much to report. I guess I could mention some of the patches as ( from what I last checked ) there have been a total of 5. You can check on the patch notes in Blizzard's SC2 Beta forums, I don't see much of a point in reporting these due to these patches will likly be freeqwent and SC2 has a high chance of being different from beta to retail. I will put a link to the patch thread if someone wants me to and/or post the notes here as well.
Personally I do understand why they are upset. As they feel they went through the process and are waiting, while people who ( potentially ) did not go through the process ( Opt-in ) can get into beta via friend invite. ( Others have also complained saying that this will just add to the amount of beta keys on sale via sites like Ebay. As well as the obvious "They got lucky as is for getting one key, why should they get another" argument that some have tossed around )
However I also see the other side. If they need more people testing 2v2 ( or any team oriented ladder match-ups ) they need people to get their friends involved as that is the most likely way of getting people to test it.
As of this edit ( 7:00 PM PST ) there are no reports of NA accounts getting the friend invite option. Seems a bit odd. However this is being done by Email, so it could be due to it taking time.
Like a lot of people reading this.. most likely like me.. are not in the beta and good chances don't really know anyone personally that's in the beta. So that just means even worse chances of getting in for us sadly. Keep up hope though, still a lot of time to go through the beta. Though so far its planned to only be a 3 month beta so wont be much of a wait for the released version either way. ( Small edit March 18th 2010. It appears all people who have SC2 Beta keys now have friend invites. Looks like they can invite 1 friend each. Both good news and bad news for us. Good news for those who have a friend in beta, bad news for those who don't since Blizzard wants to keep the amount of people in beta to around 10,000. Meaning they wont be sending out any more opt-in invites unless they either: A, do a major stress test. Or B the average number of people playing drops below 10,000. )
*Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 6 days from SC2's release!*
A small recap though is that they did not ( as far as I know of ) send out any new beta invites during phase 2 however they did send keys out for pre-orders for a short time. Most of those who got into phase 1 got into phase 2. ( For me I got to play during phase 1 for a short time, not in phase 2 though sadly. )
I can not say what the numbers got up to ( people playing during beta ) for phase 2 but from what I understand it was a bit larger than phase 1 partially due to the pre-orders getting beta keys.
Also, please go check out some videos out there showing various matches that went on during the beta. Some matches also include ( Alleged ) Pro-Gamers from SC1 and WC3 playing. Some of these players have adapted to SC2 while others.. not soo much. Something worth checking out while we wait for the release of SC2 on July 27th 2010.
Edited by: Undying_Zombie
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