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Pre-Order StarCraft II, Get Beta Access

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 49 comments

Here's a way to get into the current StarCraft II beta, thanks to GameStop.

GameStop is currently accepting pre-orders for the Standard ($59.99) and Collector's Edition ($99.99) of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. Although Blizzard hasn't set a firm release date for the upcoming sci-fi RTS, that's not "stopping" GameStop from taking your money early. As a reward, the games retailer is providing invitations to the current StarCraft II beta and free 3-day (ground) shipping for those who want the physical copy sent directly to their door.

For gamers who pre-order online, a code and a set of instructions on how to join the beta will be emailed within one business day. Those who pre-order right from the store counter will receive a beta code on the actual receipt. Shifty consumers who think they can get into the beta and then cancel the pre-order are out of luck, as GameStop said that orders cannot be canceled after receipt of the code.

To pre-order and receive entry into the glorious beta, head here for the Standard version and here for the meatier Collector's Edition. May the Swartz be with you (sorry, wrong realm).

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    rooket , April 21, 2010 10:15 PM
    $59.99 I will wait til it inevitably goes on sale. $29.99 would be fine.
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    IronRyan21 , April 21, 2010 10:22 PM
    Before any1 says that $59.99 is too much for 1/3 the game...... Wings of Liberty will have around 30 missions itself, same as starcraft original. I like what blizzard is doing here. We are gonna get a massive trilogy!
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    Ciuy , April 21, 2010 10:14 PM
    pff.....to much hype...
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  • 12 Hide
    rooket , April 21, 2010 10:15 PM
    $59.99 I will wait til it inevitably goes on sale. $29.99 would be fine.
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    rklein03 , April 21, 2010 10:17 PM
    Or you can just go to Gamestop and drop 5 bucks for a deposit and never pick the game up.
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 10:19 PM
    and not enough grammar
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    Adroid , April 21, 2010 10:20 PM
    rooket$59.99 I will wait til it inevitably goes on sale. $29.99 would be fine.

    don't hold your breath ~ it will probably be 30$ in 3 years from now

    Im in the beta its fun
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    IronRyan21 , April 21, 2010 10:22 PM
    Before any1 says that $59.99 is too much for 1/3 the game...... Wings of Liberty will have around 30 missions itself, same as starcraft original. I like what blizzard is doing here. We are gonna get a massive trilogy!
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    tayb , April 21, 2010 10:25 PM
    The beta needs more people. Serious balancing issues right now and a lot of battlenet bugs that need working out. Pretty clever move by Gamestop. I'm sure this will attract a lot of customers and pad their quarterly numbers.
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    megajynx , April 21, 2010 10:27 PM
    just reserved mine... am I a tool? Yes. But now I'm a happy tool soon to be enjoying the Beta :D 
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    ColMirage , April 21, 2010 10:27 PM
    Here again, 40 KM too far north to get that benefit. Sigh. And I have to pay an extra 10$ on it too.
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    IronRyan21 , April 21, 2010 10:28 PM
    IMO that Starcraft 2 marine pic looks like a younger Kevin Costner?
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    delbunk , April 21, 2010 10:29 PM
    FREE Shipping?!

    Sign me up.

    Beta? meh.
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    Teirdome , April 21, 2010 10:30 PM
    I really hate how obvious the signs of the Activision taint are with the price point, but I'm having a difficult time resisting this beta offer.
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    Regulas , April 21, 2010 10:32 PM
    $59.95 for a PC game that will be released in three parts, FU Activision/Blizzard, not happening here. Maybe one day when you release a Battle-Chest I will buy it.
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    jjamess , April 21, 2010 10:35 PM
    But two and use code 25off to get 25% off of anything over $100.
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 10:43 PM
    Before everyone gets all wet please read the following taken from Gamestop...

    Reserve StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and receive an invitation to the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta. Available online and in-store while supplies last. Once you recieve your Beta Code your order cannot be canceled.
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    miloo , April 21, 2010 10:47 PM
    rklein03Or you can just go to Gamestop and drop 5 bucks for a deposit and never pick the game up.


    ha ~ that's what i m going to do today ~
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    Vestin , April 21, 2010 10:55 PM
    regulas$59.95 for a PC game that will be released in three parts (...)

    Dude... It's a bit more missions than the original Starcraft, but for a single race, so they can take their time with telling the story more. Also - it's not just cutscenes (which are INCREDIBLE, BTW) - it's also lots and lots of between-mission content; walking through the Hyperion, engaging in idle conversations, lots of things to interact with...
    Oh, yeah - and the multiplayer on battle.net, challenges, achievements, all that.

    regulasMaybe one day when you release a Battle-Chest I will buy it.

    Then again, to be honest - if you're viewing it as "just another game on the market", you're probably better off waiting a while.
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    mavanhel , April 21, 2010 11:03 PM
    Quote:
    May the Swartz be with you (sorry, wrong realm)


    And wrong spelling. Way to fail Kevin...
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    restatement3dofted , April 21, 2010 11:22 PM
    NegativeXOrders can always be canceled... it's called a charge back.Banks/credit card companies don't care about a retailers policy when it comes to charge backs.


    That's also called illegal, considering chargebacks have to be substantiated. Initiating a chargeback simply to get around a retailer's return policy is not a smart move. Last time I checked, "I'm trying to work the store over so I can get the benefits of a special offer without actually buying the product" is not a legitimate reason to initiate a chargeback, and you are scum if you do.
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