Wondering what the heck happened to those StarCraft II beta invites? After all, it's late 2009 as Blizzard originally promised, and so far there's no word about its impending release. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as if the beta will make an appearance in 2009 after all according to Blizzard producer Chris Sigaty.
In a recent interview with Russian website Goha.ru held during the three-day games expo IgroMir, Sigaty said that the beta won't make an appearance until 2010, and then refused to mention any additional info, saying that Blizzard isn't discussing dates. In fact, the remaining portion of the interview regurgitated common StarCraft II knowledge stemming from BlizCon 2009: offline play is possible but no achievements will be acquired, etc.
Based on VG247's November 5 article, Blizzard plans to release the first StarCraft II installment during Q2 2010, backing up the company's "first half of 2010" comment made during Blizzard's Q3 financial call to investors. But with the beta now knocked back into 2010, it's possible that the game may be smacked back a few extra months on the calendar too, making it a Q3 release instead. Hopefully that's not the case.
Think about it. Beta's are like appetizers... They just want to give you enough so that you are starving by the time the main course comes around. If the appetizer is too large, then you are less hungry when it comes time for the main course.
Blizzard lives off of hype and rumors. Do they make great games. Yes. But they also aren't known for releasing a ton of info.