It may feel like forever until July 27 but there's good news for those of you taking part in the StarCraft II beta: Blizzard is extending the current phase for an extra week. That means seven more days before the beta shuts down for an unspecified amount of time to prepare for the last stage of testing.
Blizzard poster Nethaera announced via the Battle.net forums that the current phase of the beta has been extended until Monday, June 7. He went on to say that in order to prepare for the final phase of testing, after June 7, the beta will be unavailable for several weeks while they make some changes to the hardware and software configurations.
The game will be back online for around two weeks prior to the launch on July 27. Full statement is below.
"We previously announced that the first phase of the StarCraft II beta test would be coming to a close in all regions on Monday, May 31. In order to prepare for the final phase of beta testing, we plan to extend the current phase in all regions until Monday, June 7. After this date, the beta test will be unavailable for several weeks while we make some hardware and software configuration changes for the final phase of the beta test and the release of the game. We plan to bring the beta test back online for a couple of weeks prior to the game’s launch to complete our testing. We’ll have more details to share about when this final phase will begin at a later date.
We’d like to thank all of our beta-test participants for your enthusiasm, dedication, and valuable feedback during the beta test, and we look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the StarCraft II beta test as the game’s July 27 launch approaches."