Blizzard "Still Targeting First Half" For StarCraft II

Now with StarCraft II in the hands of lucky beta testers walking among us, Blizzard can now speak with more certainty regarding the game's release date window.

In the most recent BlizzCast, episode 13, production director Chris Sigaty was asked about the availability of the map editor. Sigaty didn't commit to a date for the map editor, but did say that the earlier that the community can get started, the better.

As for how long the beta may run for, Sigaty said, "We were targeting three to five months for the beta, we're really at a three month period of time for the beta at this point. We are still targeting the first half of this year, so with that in mind, it really shortens the window of time with our major content patch coming out pretty close to the end whether it's even worth it putting out the map editor at that point."

You read right; Blizzard is now targeting a StarCraft II release of before July.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • XD_dued
    Weren't they targeting 2008? :))))
  • scook9

  • anamaniac
    XD_duedWeren't they targeting 2008? )))I remember someone in '06 telling it'd be out in '07...

    Good going Blizzard, taking into consideration that the community is what really makes a game. (SC and WC3 are still alive and kicking hard today because of it)

    While I'm not actually a huge RTS fan (maybe because I suck), but this is something I'll easily drop $60 for. =)
  • when it comes to blizzard and their games, i'm more than willing to wait, knowing i'll have a game that will entertain and last me for years to come.
  • victomofreality
    +1 archer

    Blizzard is HORRIBLE at release dates... look at warcraft 3. But their games are solid and can generally be played for years happily. I still have D2 on my comp and play semi regularly.
  • Gin Fushicho
    I can wait, unless I get it as a gift.
  • giovanni86
    This is awesome. Me and about 20 of my friends cannot wait to buy the game and run it. It will for sure take thousands of hours of our lives. It will be EPIC!!! =D
  • ok 3 years remaining
  • TheDuke
    i have learned patience after this long decade of waiting
  • drowned
    So if this game takes another year to release (don't put it past Blizzard), that means beta testers will have had a full year of playing before anyone else even starts? Seems a bit unfair to me. Ergo closed game betas = lame.