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StarCraft II: Heart of Swarm Beta for Those Who Pre-ordered

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If you've pre-ordered the StarCraft II expansion, then there's a chance you'll get a taste of the beta soon.

Blizzard is reportedly making additional room for the current closed beta of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm for customers who pre-ordered the expansion.

Up until now, the Heart of the Swarm closed beta has been limited to a specific number of players. But the company is supposedly getting ready to open the beta doors to customers who digitally pre-ordered the game to test the load on the servers. The pre-order rollout will reportedly be conducted in waves starting after the New Year, adding more and more paid customers almost every week.

For those who ordered the boxed version of the StarCraft II expansion, Amazon and other retailers will reportedly start handing out promotional beta keys in the near future. The game itself is slated to ship on March 12, 2013, so we already have less than three months before PC gamers nationwide are drooling and losing sleep again over Blizzard's uber-popular sci-fi RTS.

"With Heart of the Swarm, our goal has been to expand on the multiplayer action and cinematic storytelling of Wings of Liberty," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "Combined with features like unranked matchmaking and our new leveling system, this expansion elevates the StarCraft II experience for players of all skill levels."

The closed beta for Heart of the Swarm began back on September 5, initially allowing a select group of pro-gamers, members of the press, Arcade contest winners, and shoutcasters to check out the multiplayer aspect of the PC game. Blizzard said additional players would be enlisted if they've opted to participate in the beta by clicking on the 'Beta Profile Settings' under the Account Management section of their Battle.net account.

According to a FAQ, Blizzard has looked for a wide variety of players and system types to participate. Thus, for each round of invitations, beta testers have been selected based on their system specifications and other factors (including an element of luck). Beta participants also haven't needed to purchase the retail version of StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty although chances of gaining access have been greater if players have logged some game time with the sci-fi RTS.

To download the beta client, grab the file from here. Access is only granted if you're Blizzard tested, Blizzard approved.

 

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    bigshootr8 , December 22, 2012 9:17 PM
    about damn time
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    balister , December 22, 2012 9:30 PM
    Chris Metzen has probably ruined another Blizzard franchise with his awful story direction. He's already destroyed the D3 story line and has really demolished WarCraft as well, might as well kill another.
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    samuelspark , December 22, 2012 9:35 PM
    Hell, it's about time.
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    Anonymous , December 22, 2012 9:39 PM
    beta invites already have gone out as I preordered and have mine already.
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    Vorador2 , December 22, 2012 11:20 PM
    Well StarCraft II was very good, so there's a bit of hope for this one. Still, after getting burned with Diablo III, i'm not going to fall again for the hype anymore. I will wait until reviews come.
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    nukemaster , December 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    I think it is a better idea to have a larger beta.

    You want ALL users to be able to look for bugs not those who are buying the game one way or the other.

    They may just be looking for an early access as opposed to a bug hunt.
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    tomfreak , December 23, 2012 12:17 AM
    steam sales + other sales are going on now, I doubt people would bother paying full price on a expansion game that is not masterpiece. For that kind of money u could probably buy the entire pack of some franchise in steam now lol
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    wdmfiber , December 23, 2012 12:18 AM
    @Vorador2
    It's just an expansion, not to be mistaken for say... Starcraft III. It's still Starcraft II. Blizz has just added some new units to the online ladder, done a few other tweeks/polishing and will release the Zerg campaign.

    In about 2 years there will a 3rd expansion, Legacy of the Void(Protoss).
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    infernocy , December 23, 2012 12:25 AM
    i give you the new patch by blizzard

    Diablo III Patch 1.0.6a – v.1.0.6a.13644
    The latest client patch notes can be found here.
    Bug Fixes
    Fixed an issue that could occur when attempting to upgrade from the Diablo III Starter Edition


    i am never buying a game from those greedy people . , the only thing they care is money and customer service dosent exist .. they really shown their real self with diablo 3
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    GabZDK , December 23, 2012 12:33 AM
    wdmfiber@Vorador2It's just an expansion, not to be mistaken for say... Starcraft III. It's still Starcraft II. Blizz has just added some new units to the online ladder, done a few other tweeks/polishing and will release the Zerg campaign. In about 2 years there will a 3rd expansion, Legacy of the Void(Protoss).


    Yeah, Starcraft II are three parts, HotS is more like Starcraft II Revision 2.0, there is a lot of rebalancing between the three races that really change the game, also there are new units and spells
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    everix , December 23, 2012 1:21 AM
    Not sure where you got your information about Amazon, but I pre-ordered from them about three weeks ago and got a beta key.
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    Soda-88 , December 23, 2012 4:40 AM
    infernocyi give you the new patch by blizzard Diablo III Patch 1.0.6a – v.1.0.6a.13644The latest client patch notes can be found here.Bug FixesFixed an issue that could occur when attempting to upgrade from the Diablo III Starter Editioni am never buying a game from those greedy people . , the only thing they care is money and customer service dosent exist .. they really shown their real self with diablo 3

    I've been playing Blizzard games since Warcraft 2 days and I have yet to encounter issues with customer service. Yes, at times they aren't responding overly quick, but they sure as hell do everything you ask of them that's within TOS. I had my B.net account hacked and e-mail changed about 2,5 years ago and all I had to do to get my WoW account back on my newly made B.net account was sending them a scan of my ID. They even restored my gold and professions which were changed from engineering/enchanting to mining/herbalism. Also, I recently requested secret answer change and they've done it with no hesitation. If you have problems with their customer service, you're most probably asking something unreasonable and outside of TOS. Also, they patch their games for years, just look at Diablo 2 for instance. Only other company who does this is Valve.
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    DXRick , December 23, 2012 7:07 AM
    Isn't 2.6 years a bit long in the PC gaming universe for an expansion?
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    kellybean , December 23, 2012 8:39 AM
    Yawn.....
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    Soda-88 , December 23, 2012 9:48 AM
    DXRickIsn't 2.6 years a bit long in the PC gaming universe for an expansion?

    Not when it's an e-sport, and way more successful than Brood War was which has been played for over 10 years professionally to top it off. There are 40+ major tournaments each year on top of the dozen of seasons of various leagues along with it. Changing game on a more rapid pace would destroy the e-sport component of the game.
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    kartu , December 23, 2012 11:04 AM
    SC2 removed lan play so that blizzard can make more money and controll pretty much anyone out there organizing starcraft tournaments.
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    DXRick , December 23, 2012 5:54 PM
    kartuSC2 removed lan play so that blizzard can make more money and controll pretty much anyone out there organizing starcraft tournaments.


    OK. Good for multi-players. I am a single player type.
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    dkcomputer , December 23, 2012 6:32 PM
    How dare you corporations that make mutual funds billions which help peoples retirement accounts and employ people, try to make more money. YOU BASTARDS.
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    bryonhowley , December 24, 2012 2:55 AM
    DXRickOK. Good for multi-players. I am a single player type.

    After what they did with D3 I am not holding anymore hope for there games. Making D3 single player online only did it for me. I will see what others have to say after it is out but I killed my pre-order awhile back.
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    xizel , December 24, 2012 3:40 PM
    How to het HoTS beta key FREE

    1.Go to amazon
    2. pre-order HoTS
    3.receive Beta key
    4.cancel pre-oder
    5.receive money back
    6.play HoTS FREE

    you are welcome
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