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Blizzard's StarCraft II Closed Beta Begins

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Gamers who signed up to participate in the StarCraft II beta should keep an eye on their Inboxes.

Blizzard said today that the closed beta for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is officially underway. The company revealed in a press release that "thousands" of gamers will begin to receive their invitations starting today. This will be the first phase of many in the closed beta, so don't panic just yet if your invitation isn't sitting in your Inbox.

"In addition to providing feedback on the multiplayer balance of StarCraft II, testers are also getting a first look at Blizzard Entertainment's revamped Battle.net service, which will be the online platform for StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, and future Blizzard Entertainment games," the company said.

Here are the official beta specs:

PC Minimum Requirements:

Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1/Windows 7
2.2 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
1 GB system RAM/1.5 GB for Vista and Windows 7
128 MB NVidia GeForce 6600 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card
1024x768 minimum display resolution
4 GB free hard space (Beta)
Broadband connection

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is currently slated to ship in the first half of 2010.

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    Shadow703793 , February 18, 2010 12:10 AM
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    By your grammar im astonished that you past the 5th grade.
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    Check your self too :p 
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    roastmaster , February 17, 2010 11:05 PM
    WOW FINALLY!!!
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    roastmaster , February 17, 2010 11:05 PM
    Wow Finally!!!
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    ColMirage , February 17, 2010 11:21 PM
    Didn't make it in ;_; uncool.
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    Anonymous , February 17, 2010 11:24 PM
    in the upper right corner on teamliquid.com you can see live user streams of members whos playing right now
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    skit75 , February 17, 2010 11:31 PM
    I hope the transition is better than the Warcraft 2 to Warcraft 3 fiasco. I personally thought the 3d move screwed up the gameplay and I enjoyed Warcraft 2 much more than 3.
    The bar has been set so high by the original Starcraft. I can't imagine this release being on the same scale as the original in its day but, one could still hope despite no LAN support which is a huge hurdle to overcome in itself for this genre.
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    ultimate91 , February 17, 2010 11:48 PM
    WOW! I have waiting for Starcraft II since Starcrft release when I was 7 grade! That is very good news to hear this information!

    Haven't anybody thounght the requiemnet a little lower than recently game?
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    frozenlead , February 17, 2010 11:56 PM
    Yeah...those system requirements are really low for a new game. I mean, I know Blizzard likes to keep lots of people in their consumer base...but a 9800 Pro?
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    Shadow703793 , February 18, 2010 12:10 AM
    Quote:
    By your grammar im astonished that you past the 5th grade.
    [/b][/b]
    Check your self too :p 
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    akoegle , February 18, 2010 12:10 AM
    Mr Parrish

    Please fix the title, thats just silly.
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    IzzyCraft , February 18, 2010 12:14 AM
    I have the beta and my 8800gts and E8400 can only mark 40 fps under ultra settings at 1650x1050
    If i make some things to medium and to high i can get a smooth 60 fps+ The game looks great but on lowest settings it's so bare
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    gnookergi , February 18, 2010 12:24 AM
    Shadow703793Check your self too

    LOL! You got PWND! BTW, did you ever stop to think that English could possibly be a second language for that person?

    Yay! Star Craft!
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    Nightskeeter , February 18, 2010 12:41 AM
    IzzyCraftI have the beta and my 8800gts and E8400 can only mark 40 fps under ultra settings at 1650x1050If i make some things to medium and to high i can get a smooth 60 fps+ The game looks great but on lowest settings it's so bare



    Yeah, but 40FPS is plenty for a RTS. Hell the original probibly only ran at under 30FPS like Diablo 2 anyway....

    Glad to hear how your system runs the game though, cause I have that same Processor! But I have a 4870 1GB running 1080P.

    Thanks for sharing how it runs on your system!
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    Burodsx , February 18, 2010 12:46 AM
    I'd love to partake in the beta. *crosses fingers*
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    Anonymous , February 18, 2010 1:12 AM
    I've been a member of battle.net for years and have WC3: Reign of Chaos, The Frozen Throne, Starcraft, and Diablo II. It feels like I waited over 10 years for the 2nd installment of this game, and I never got my beta key through battle.net tho, I actually got tired of waiting and came upon this site that had a couple hundred keys to give out. I'm not sure if they still have any keys available, but this was the site: http://gamebetakeys.com/starcraft2/

    I think that they get new keys every few days so it's best to check back now and then.
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    randomizer , February 18, 2010 1:23 AM
    NightskeeterWow.Ultimate91By your grammar im astonished that you past the 5th grade.Reading your comment was almost as painful as watching the Special Olympics, or Womans Basketball.

    Muphry's Law just kicked your ass.
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    trevorvdw , February 18, 2010 1:27 AM
    Hopefully its come a long way since Blizzcon where it looked and played like a 5 year old game. They (Blizz) did poach some people from Relic (Dawn of War 2/Company of Heroes folks) so that should help.
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    matt87_50 , February 18, 2010 1:35 AM
    2.2 GHz Pentium IV !?!?!!?

    are they trying to trick us in to thinking that it hasn't taken them 11 years to make this by making it look like it came out in 2004 !?

    it BETTER LOOK GOOD!!

    their stupid "oh, every n00b with an abacus has to be able to run it" policy mixed with how long it has taken to polish it makes me wonder..

    I'm all for low minimums, but we better be able to crank it up.

    I still think starcraft looks good, low res sure, but the hand crafted (pre-rendered?) sprites have a certain quality feel to them. warcraft III was a joke graphically, the ONLY RTS to come close to replicating the look of it's previous sprite version in 3D is Red Alert 3.

    the main reason I like starcraft is because of how different the races are. but I don't care how different they are mechanically, if they don't LOOK different, the illusion is broken.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 18, 2010 2:10 AM
    GEE! Anybody click through to the really large version of the image? It's bigger than my 22 inch display. Lots of fine details. WOW!
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    MoUsE-WiZ , February 18, 2010 2:38 AM
    Just posting to brag. Downloading it now... good timing too, it's our spring break equivalent at my university, and I was all afraid I'd have to spend time coding this week ~_~
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