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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:32am 11/02/10 | 47 Comments
During a full-year earnings call, Activision Blizzard let loose details surrounding their movements for 2010, with some stellar information landing for anyone on the edge of their seat for StarCraft II.

A closed beta for the space-faring RTS sequel will kick off this month and include thousands of participants to "generate new excitement" for the game, while it is reportedly still on track for release mid 2010. And that's not too far away.

Other bits of news that found their way out of the conference call were:
  • Battlenet 2.0 will launch when the SCII Beta launches, and SCII will be able to be downloaded directly from Battlenet 2.0 - the first of many games being offered through the service.
  • The long-awaited Blur from Bizarre Creations will ship Q2, but will also be initially playable in multiplayer beta form this march.
  • Raven Software's original IP, Singularity, will also finally see the light of day after being pushed back in 09 with news it will launch in Q2 as well.
Looks like we're in for a very Activision Blizzard Easter period folks.



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Latest Comments
tequila
Posted 10:38am 11/2/10
ooh ooh, me pick me
how does one sign up for said beta?

the blizzard forums wont let anyone signup without a cd key, that is pretty anal
Thundercracker
Posted 10:40am 11/2/10
You have to have at least one blizzard product on your battle net account.

So just get WoW.
Hogfather
Posted 10:42am 11/2/10
^
Wasn't there a thing aggess ago where you set up you Blizzard account, linked your existing game keys / accounts and indicated interest?

Edit: Beaten by thunder - screw you! Next time thunder, next time.

last edited by Hogfather at 10:42:42 11/Feb/10
ravn0s
Posted 11:14am 11/2/10
i have wow sitting around somewhere. might sign up with that
TiT
Posted 11:26am 11/2/10
i'm all setup and ready for key :)
Obes
Posted 12:03pm 11/2/10
I have Starcraft anthology, Warcraft 3, Frozen Throne, 6 WoW accounts, Diablo2 and Throne of Destruction linked to my battle.net
And submitted my computer profile and opted in for all 3 families of products.

It wouldn't let me add my Warcraft 2 Battlenet edition or Diablo 1 keys. :(

Not a fan boy, but Blizzard do make polished products.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 12:05pm 11/2/10
Not a fan boy
Heh, keep telling yourself that Obes... the first step is admitting you have a problem :P
Dazhel
Posted 12:13pm 11/2/10
I have Starcraft anthology, Warcraft 3, Frozen Throne, 6 WoW accounts, Diablo2 and Throne of Destruction, Warcraft 2 Battlenet edition & Diablo

Not a fan boy


Out of curiousity, what's your definition of fan boy Obes? :)
Thundercracker
Posted 12:31pm 11/2/10
6 WoW accounts


i think you have a porblem
CSIRAC
Posted 12:56pm 11/2/10
Holy s***... f*** yes
Tetsuo
Posted 01:05pm 11/2/10
I would amazed if anyone here actually gets it.

By closed blizzard actually means "Must be korean and one of the many pro ladder ranked people in Korea."
Creepy
Posted 01:22pm 11/2/10
Last I checked "global" (beta test, as quoted from the meeting's ppt) implied more than "Korea"
CSIRAC
Posted 01:23pm 11/2/10
Considering how noob friendly blizzard are these days, they probably want a broad range of people beta testing.

But yeah none of us will get it :P but not because we're not pro korean.
paveway
Posted 01:27pm 11/2/10
none of you will get it with an attitude you like, you f***** sooks
Khel
Posted 01:27pm 11/2/10
Not really that hyped about SC2 anymore, I'm sure I'll get it when it comes out but its not something I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for. And I really only want to play it for the single player campaign anyway.

Was hoping some light might have been shed on this mysterious new original IP MMO that blizzard are working on.
ctd
Posted 01:38pm 11/2/10
I only got Starcraft anthology on it, I got war2 but f**** me if that even came with a cdkey.

Hopefully they need plenty of noobs on s*** computers to test if so I'm in.
Trauma
Posted 03:25pm 11/2/10
Blizzcon khel, its gotta be this year.
Viper
Posted 03:56pm 11/2/10
I'm still waiting on starcraft ghost, maybe its just the new ghost recon in disguise.
Tetsuo
Posted 04:33pm 11/2/10
If you are waiting for SC:Ghost you will be sitting there waiting an awefully long time....

Somehow i get this funny feeling that poor random people with average computers that are noobs who get this will be hacked and tracked down, shot by rabid fans and have there key stolen.

You heard it here FIRST!
Dazhel
Posted 05:39pm 11/2/10
The Starcraft Ghost project got put in the deep freeze years ago.
Blizzard made an announcement, it's not like they've been saying 'coming soon' for a decade.
ctd
Posted 05:50pm 11/2/10
And I really only want to play it for the single player campaign anyway.

fark really. I reckon most people wont bother with sp.
Obes
Posted 05:56pm 11/2/10
Out of curiousity, what's your definition of fan boy Obes?

People that will defend the indefensible or excuse crapness by referencing previous products.

eg. Typo is khel's fanboy.
Dazhel
Posted 05:56pm 11/2/10
Starcraft + Brood War single player campaign was pretty good, but I'm guessing the multiplayer has been what's kept the battle chest at $50 on EB shelves for a decade.
Khel
Posted 06:09pm 11/2/10
I'm not a huge RTS fan, so I never really get into the multiplayer side of them much, aside from a few muck around games on LAN with mates here and there. But the single player campaigns in Starcraft and Warcraft 3 were both pretty top notch, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they pull out for Starcraft 2.
Trauma
Posted 07:28pm 11/2/10
I'll get in, I all positive and s***.
Jim
Posted 07:34pm 11/2/10
haha if you love blizzard so much why don't you MARRY them obes
Obes
Posted 08:28pm 11/2/10
If I marry them ... there ain't gunna be a pre-nup so then I can divorce them and get HALF!
Dan
Posted 08:38pm 11/2/10
I'll support that as long as you use your half to make new Rock n' Roll Racing and Lost Vikings games.
Obes
Posted 08:43pm 11/2/10
Neither of them were technically Blizzard ... and wasn't rock n roll racing was only for gay guys that loved fat italian plumbers ? (not that there is anything wrong with that)
ravn0s
Posted 09:06pm 11/2/10
made a battle.net account and put in the wow cdkey but it said it was already claimed. i then figured out you can merge your wow account with the battle.net one. had to reset the password on wow account because i couldnt remember it, but now its merged with the battle.net account.

i then had to download some program to scan the computer and it uploaded my specs to the account. im now signed up for starcraft, wow and diablo beta tests.
kirkoswald
Posted 02:09am 12/2/10
so funny seeing people talk about how they are looking forward to the single players....

i've played starcraft and warcraft3 for as many years as i can remember, loved them both, but never even touched the single players :)
Khel
Posted 03:44am 12/2/10
You're missing out then, Warcraft 3 + Frozen Throne had an awesome single player campaign.
greazy
Posted 09:53am 12/2/10
how do you learn the game if you don't play single player?
Thundercracker
Posted 09:55am 12/2/10
I find single player doesn't really get you ready for multiplayer, apart from the very basics. The only way to get semi-decent at multi is to play a hell of a lot of it, which generally involves a lot of games where you get your arse handed to you.
Tetsuo
Posted 10:43am 12/2/10
Honestly, why is it taboo to say you play both?

How did this turn into "OMFG MULTI MEANS BETTERZ!"... I like both?
ctd
Posted 11:49am 12/2/10

how do you learn the game if you don't play single player?

Single player is nothing like multiplayer and will probably get you into bad habits. Same with skirmish vs AI.

What thundercracker said
CSIRAC
Posted 12:54pm 12/2/10
so funny seeing people talk about how they are looking forward to the single players.... i've played starcraft and warcraft3 for as many years as i can remember, loved them both, but never even touched the single players :)


Like every other game out there. The SP is for the story line, and seeing as SC has a f*****g awesome story, I'm looking forward to see how it plays out. If you're arrogant enough to not play SP out of principle than you're missing out and I pity you, coz chances are i'll probably school you in MP as well.
Creepy
Posted 01:19pm 12/2/10
Some details have crept out from a forum Q&A:

- Beta will be a global simultaneous release
- Invites will likely go out a few days before actual availability
- Download is aimed at under 3GB
- Multiplayer-only beta, with a minimal amount of B.Net 2.0 functionality (focused on in-game comms and matchups/ladders)
TiT
Posted 01:27pm 12/2/10
I want my key!
FaceMan
Posted 01:52pm 12/2/10
how do you learn the game if you don't play single player?


Apart from playing the shareware before i had the internet Ive never played the single player campaign. Id rather get smacked silly online by real ppl then play alone Vs a comp.

Real ppl do the strangest tactics, they backstab, make mistakes, mass units, playing in say 3v3 games you sometimes get 2 very good players and one weak player.

Ive dropped in and out of Starcraft lots of times but i still find its the best online game. Theres a bit of buzz when your game contains players from korea germany australia america all in the same little square battling away.

Cant wait for SC2 !
Dazhel
Posted 02:48pm 12/2/10
Real ppl do the strangest tactics, they backstab, make mistakes, mass units


Reaver drop in the back of the base ftw!
demon
Posted 02:54pm 12/2/10
yer playing single player starcraft skirmish against the ai will make you a slow care-bear base builder ;p playing multi turns you into a frothing at the mouth zerg rusher! KEKEKE ^___^
Creepy
Posted 03:09pm 12/2/10
Midda
Posted 03:11pm 12/2/10
I signed up for a beta key to this like 6+ months ago, but I have no idea why. I have near zero interest in RTS games, and never played the first StarCraft. But rest assured, if I do get a key, I won't be giving it to any of you f*****s. I'll register it and never use it, just to spite you.
CSIRAC
Posted 03:21pm 12/2/10
sell it for millions!
Creepy
Posted 03:40pm 12/2/10
Heh. Saw one eBay auction selling at over $400 USD...
konstie
Posted 03:44pm 12/2/10
I signed up for a beta key to this like 6+ months ago, but I have no idea why. I have near zero interest in RTS games, and never played the first StarCraft. But rest assured, if I do get a key, I won't be giving it to any of you f*****s. I'll register it and never use it, just to spite you.



LOL. take a panadol and make sure you strap on your pad tight midda, cause you're f*****g gushing today.
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