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Starcraft II Beta Signups are OPEN!

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Update your Battle.net account and opt-in for the StarCraft II multiplayer beta.

Blizzard informs us all today on its World of Warcraft community site that those interested in beta testing StarCraft II multiplayer should opt-in.

The post from Blizzard reads:

“If you'd like a chance to participate, now's the time to let us know. Simply go to the Beta Profile Settings page in Battle.net account management to go through the new beta opt-in process and upload a snapshot of your system specs. During this process, you'll also have the opportunity to opt in to future betas for other Blizzard Entertainment games. Please note that even if you've opted in to our betas previously, you'll need to complete this new process and upload your current system specs to have a chance to be invited.”

Blizzard also seems to be reserving the beta for those who are verified customers, as the beta profile requires “You need to have at least one Blizzard Entertainment game attached to this Battle.net account in order to set up your beta profile.” Perhaps the best news is that the beta test period is “coming in the months ahead.” For more on the beta, check out this interview with Chris Sigaty, StarCraft II lead producer.

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    nirvanabah , May 7, 2009 5:29 PM
    Hell...it's about time
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    ColMirage , May 7, 2009 5:31 PM
    Woot! I hope I make it in!
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    Zoonie , May 7, 2009 5:32 PM
    What's up with the redundant article links in the comment sections now?
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    Animebando , May 7, 2009 5:45 PM
    Finally. I've had this reserved at my local Gamestop since last year. Just covering my bases, I guess.
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    hellwig , May 7, 2009 5:50 PM
    Upload your system specs? I guess outlying, but reasonable, system configs will get presidence. Any guesses on the best system to secure an entry? I'm sure they already have thousands of entrants running a Q6600.
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    igot1forya , May 7, 2009 5:52 PM
    SAAAAWEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!
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    tenor77 , May 7, 2009 5:53 PM
    hellwigUpload your system specs? I guess outlying, but reasonable, system configs will get presidence. Any guesses on the best system to secure an entry? I'm sure they already have thousands of entrants running a Q6600.


    Actually I'm going to guess they're looking for different system setups. From a game able to run crysis on max to the bare bones minimum specs.
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    kodamakage , May 7, 2009 5:56 PM
    I would guess that blizzard is looking for a wide range of system specs, but that can be broken down into three main groups.
    1st - Great systems that could run the game and look amazing
    2nd - The mainstream normal user type of system
    3rd - Systems that are showing their age

    I base this off of how blizzard has developed their games to allow people who have older hardware still be able to "play" even tho it might lag a bit.
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    dragonfang18 , May 7, 2009 5:58 PM
    ready on out 555...
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    SchizoFrog , May 7, 2009 6:09 PM
    All I keep getting is 'Access Denied' when trying to get in to Battle.net. Is the server down at the mo?
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    unlicensedhitman , May 7, 2009 6:14 PM
    Hopefully I can run SCII beta on a Intel Celeron with a Nivida TNT.
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    fatedtodie , May 7, 2009 6:17 PM
    Oh I want to beta test the most expensive game ever...
    140+ bucks over the 3 MAIN games you will have to buy... then add in the 3 expansions (1 for each) and you are talking retarded!
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    mtyermom , May 7, 2009 6:20 PM
    I'd dig on trying it, but I don't play WoW soooo.... looks like I'm screwed.
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    droidix , May 7, 2009 6:34 PM
    If you have owned any other blizzard games in the past you can add your CD Key to your battle.net account and then also opt-in to the beta.
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    michaelahess , May 7, 2009 6:44 PM
    Droidix, that would be great if I still knew where any of my original discs were. Too many moves over too many years.....
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    IronRyan21 , May 7, 2009 6:54 PM
    I cant wait!
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    haze4peace , May 7, 2009 7:04 PM
    ooooh i hope i get in! Most anticipated game... since the first starcraft!
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    IzzyCraft , May 7, 2009 7:05 PM
    fatedtodieOh I want to beta test the most expensive game ever...140+ bucks over the 3 MAIN games you will have to buy... then add in the 3 expansions (1 for each) and you are talking retarded!

    You're stupid you buy 1 game then 2 other expansions are expansions to the story line the zerg and then protoss storyline of the game. You never have to buy more then 1 game to play multi player...
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    hillarymakesmecry , May 7, 2009 7:31 PM
    I really hope there are no level up hero characters in the game. That ruined warcraft 3. Multiplayer is so lame!

    I love strategy games but RPG games bore me to tears. If they're going to have hero characters at least give us the option of disabling them in multiplayer. I hated WC3 MP. WC2 was awesome. I spend most of my time playing Supreme Commander now. I can't wait for SC2!
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    Luker3 , May 7, 2009 9:03 PM
    hillarymakesmecryI really hope there are no level up hero characters in the game. That ruined warcraft 3. Multiplayer is so lame!I love strategy games but RPG games bore me to tears. If they're going to have hero characters at least give us the option of disabling them in multiplayer. I hated WC3 MP. WC2 was awesome. I spend most of my time playing Supreme Commander now. I can't wait for SC2!


    First, doesn't look like they are going to have heroes in SC2. That wouldn't follow SC gameplay. Second, heroes are what give WC so much more strategy. Heroes are what make WC different then lets say...SC. Otherwise, Blizzard would be making 2 games with similar game play, instead the idea is that they have 2 games that play different to attract a different audience.
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