Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Begins Closed Beta

By - Source: Blizzard | B 23 comments

Blizzard has launched the multiplayer-only beta of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.

Blizzard reports that the StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta is now live. This multiplayer-only test will initially be limited to a select group of pro-gamers, members of the press (cough), Arcade contest winners, and shoutcasters. But there's no NDA, so expect to see tons of hands-on coverage from here on out.

"We will soon be inviting other players to participate in the beta, so be sure you’ve opted in by clicking on the 'Beta Profile Settings' under the Account Management section of your Battle.net account, the company states. "Signing up from a Battle.net account that’s actively playing StarCraft 2 will help your chances of being selected. Note that opting in doesn't guarantee beta access."

Blizzard also reports that it's currently working with fansites and "community personalities" to provide additional beta access opportunities, so fans need to keep checking back with Battle.net to see where additional keys are being handed out. On that note, we're looking into handing out beta keys here, so stay tuned to this Tom's Hardware news channel for more information.

"For those who are in the beta already, we appreciate your assistance in helping us test the game," Blizzard writes. "If you’re interested in joining the beta, we wish you luck with the opt-in and (future) giveaways, and hope to see you in a match soon! Please note: Customer service representatives are unable to provide players with beta access. Please refrain from contacting them directly regarding beta access."

According to a FAQ, beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors (including an element of luck) when selecting individuals during each round of invitations – Blizzard is looking for a wide variety of players and system types. Beta participants also don't need the retail version of StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty although chances of gaining access are greater if players have logged some game time with the sci-fi RTS.

"To start off, we will be focusing on the multiplayer experience only. We’ve added an exciting array of new units and abilities to the terrans, protoss, and zerg, and we’d like to have as many eyes on them as possible," Blizzard states.

For now, the number of beta participants will be based on the team's testing needs. Additional opportunities will open up if Blizzard determines that additional players are needed for testing.

To read the full beta FAQ, head here.

 

Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback

Discuss
Display all 23 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 19 Hide
    plznote , September 6, 2012 12:08 AM
    I loved StarCraft II.
    Hope this isn't what Diablo 3 suffered.
  • 14 Hide
    john_4 , September 6, 2012 12:08 AM
    Not interested Activision/Blizzard, maybe one day I will pick up a SC2 Battle-chest edition.
Other Comments
  • 19 Hide
    plznote , September 6, 2012 12:08 AM
    I loved StarCraft II.
    Hope this isn't what Diablo 3 suffered.
  • 14 Hide
    john_4 , September 6, 2012 12:08 AM
    Not interested Activision/Blizzard, maybe one day I will pick up a SC2 Battle-chest edition.
  • -2 Hide
    samuelspark , September 6, 2012 12:39 AM
    SC2 best E-Sports.

    SC2>LoL
  • 0 Hide
    azraa , September 6, 2012 12:42 AM
    There is a lot of e-Sports commentary going on now, mainly on YouTube
    People are testing balance and searching for bugs, and Blizz has it right when developing an RTS from the multiplayer point of view.

    Up to this moment I like the changes a lot (maybe except for Protoss, IMO)
    The guys playing are learning and the matches being casted are quite educational about the whole new units/balance matter.
  • 7 Hide
    mrkay , September 6, 2012 12:55 AM
    Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 were far from mind blowing. Not that I don't have fun playing them, but studios need to start stepping more out of their safety zone if they are going to keep getting my money.
  • -1 Hide
    SuckRaven , September 6, 2012 3:37 AM
    With the huge disappointment that Diablo III seems to have garnered, I'll be watching this one from a distance before doing something silly like pre-ordering it. Loved the original Starcraft, and I still even give it a whirl once or twice a year. However, I can't help but fear that SCII HOTS will be the next in a list of Blizzard titles that have been Activisioned-up.
  • -2 Hide
    kinggremlin , September 6, 2012 3:43 AM
    john_4Not interested Activision/Blizzard, maybe one day I will pick up a SC2 Battle-chest edition.


    Then why did you waste your time clicking on this article and commenting on it? You must lead a very sad and boring life.
  • 2 Hide
    therabiddeer , September 6, 2012 3:55 AM
    kinggremlinThen why did you waste your time clicking on this article and commenting on it? You must lead a very sad and boring life.

    Because there is a massive anti-acti/blizzard bandwagon and hes hoping to garner attention from them in the form of a thumbs-up.
  • 2 Hide
    Pennanen , September 6, 2012 4:15 AM
    therabiddeerBecause there is a massive anti-acti/blizzard bandwagon and hes hoping to garner attention from them in the form of a thumbs-up.

    At least he has a better taste in vidya games :D 
  • 0 Hide
    hotroderx , September 6, 2012 4:26 AM
    isnt this how D3 started... but seriously I think I am finished with blizzard games. I am not going to sit here and bash them either. I think personally I had a good run with blizzard. I enjoyed D1, D2, D2 LOD, World of Warcraft Vanilla - Wraith, and SC2. I personally really enjoyed my time with each of these games. My eyes Cata was not a very good expansion, MOP does not interest me, and D3 was taken in a direction I don't like. Maybe it's simply my taste in video games have changed as I have grown up.
  • -1 Hide
    de5_Roy , September 6, 2012 7:00 AM
    sideboobs...
    the 'exosuite' is nearly invisible from a distance...
  • 0 Hide
    mugupo , September 6, 2012 8:31 AM
    SC2 is what D3 never will be, is all about skills not $ and time when item dominate everything not your talent.
  • 0 Hide
    teodoreh , September 6, 2012 8:50 AM
    StarCraft has an enormous user base and it's probably the best mutliplayer game for contests and e-sports in general.
  • 4 Hide
    Vorador2 , September 6, 2012 10:41 AM
    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    After Diablo 3, i'm not buying on day one. I will wait for reviews.
  • 1 Hide
    rantoc , September 6, 2012 10:52 AM
    I will defiantly check the title out, in time. However with the D3's failure, mostly thanks to Blizzard's profit greed where the players fun was placed low on the ladder - This one will not be pre-ordered - Did that mistake once.

    Knew this would happen when the first word got out about the Activision/Blizzard merger, "we will not *insert any of the lies*" from the press conference - Yeah right!

    Its a real shame that a company who always have placed its fans first (and earned top dollar from it) have turned into a greedy selfish company that places any kind of profit first even at the expense of its customers.

    R.I.P Old Blizzard
  • 1 Hide
    bildo123 , September 6, 2012 12:58 PM
    That's nice. I'm not dropping a penny on it though; unless of course if it hits the bargain bin five years from now.
  • 3 Hide
    acadia11 , September 6, 2012 1:03 PM
    I have to say SC2 is good but it still doesn't touch me like SC1 did. SC1 is near and dear to the heart.
  • 2 Hide
    maxinexus , September 6, 2012 1:04 PM
    D3 is really ridiculous in a way that it is almost impossible to get good item. Killed diablo and all the lords countless times spend over 200 hours and for what ? I did not get a single usable item. All the items I use are bought from auction house for gold. I did not get a single item drop that I can use. Legendary items are a joke and sets...well if I did not read about them online or seen them for sale in auction house I would not even know that they exist. Thanks for scrruing that one blizzard.
  • 2 Hide
    igot1forya , September 6, 2012 2:56 PM
    acadia11I have to say SC2 is good but it still doesn't touch me like SC1 did. SC1 is near and dear to the heart.

    I still play SC1 with loyalty always fun to this day, SCII never seemed balanced.
  • 1 Hide
    frank_drebin , September 6, 2012 3:06 PM
    Meh, SC is a clickfest .. if you off in your build order - you 're screwed . wtf. Also, why the f i have to always manually add units to the build in factories ??? How about auto build like in Supreme Commander Forged Alliance. So.... conclusion - > SC is a clickfest, not strategy
Display more comments