StarCraft II Beta to Start 31 March, 6pm PDT? UPDATE
The StarCraft II Beta start date may have been revealed to fans of the game.
A select few Blizzard fans that attended the Blizzard fan event BlizzCon in October 2008 and received StarCraft II beta keys also claim to have received an e-mail from the developer, revealing the beta date to be 31 March, 6pm PDT, the 11th year anniversary of the original StarCraft release date.
While we are still recovering from the past beta invite hoax, this could possibly be real, since there are no apparent hints that it would be fake. This is the e-mail in question:
Welcome to the beta test of Starcraft II!
We’re excited to have reached the beta-testing stage for Starcraft II and our upgraded Battle.net service, and we’d be grateful to have you join us during the next few months of fine tuning.
Along with the beta of Starcraft II, we are rolling out our new Battle.net delivery system which will serve as the primary channel for downloading the game and its updates. In order to participate, you will need to use the Battle.net account associated with this email address.
In an effort to test our distribution system in a high load environment, we are giving a few days lead so that a large number of beta testers have the opportunity to read this email first. Our planned activation is Tuesday, March 31st at 6 PM PDT.
To see what time it is in your time zone, please check here:
After that time, you will be able to login to your Battle.net account at http://us.battle.net and download the “Battle.net Client (Beta)” which adds a host of new features to Battle.net including:A global friends list between all Blizzard gamesThe ability to quickly join or observe your friends’ gamesDetailed statistics and rankings for each gameTrack the global achievements of you and your friendsAnd much, much more!In addition, it will serve as the launch pad for Starcraft II and will automatically begin downloading your authenticated copy once you run it for the first time. Once the game is installed, you will be able to access the Battle.net Client from within the game or as a standalone desktop application.
Sending us feedback:
In the bottom left corner of the Battle.net Client (CTRL-SHIFT-B from within Starcraft II) there is a button called ‘Feedback’ which will bring up a place for you to report any bugs or suggestions. We also welcome feedback on the official Starcraft II forums at http://forums.battle.net/board.html?forumId=12009&sid=3000
Please retain this email for your records. If you experience any technical issues getting started or while playing, please email support at SC2Support@blizzard.com.
We look forward to seeing you online soon!