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StarCraft II beta

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The StarCraft II beta was a testing phase of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. It opened on February 17, 2010[1] and closed on July 19.[2]

The purpose of a beta is to have a large number of users testing for bugs and to test StarCraft II's multiplayer balance. Blizzard expected to make changes once a week. In order to process the large volume of feedback, some information was collected by surveys.[3]

History

The website for the beta

The release of StarCraft II had been delayed to mid-2010[4] to give adequate time to prepare Battle.net.[5]

The StarCraft II beta installer

The beta itself opened February 17, 2010[1] and in April 2010, the Macintosh version of the beta became available.[6]

After the initial wave of invites that included both those who opted-in and those who received beta keys,[7] more players were added when they needed to test with more users.[8] Blizzard did not release the beta in different regions individually, as they set up beta-testing infrastructure in each region.[9]

Blizzard traditionally offered 40,000 beta keys, but expectations for StarCraft II were larger.[10] Blizzard aimed for 10,000 players online at one time during the beta.[11]

The second and third waves were released on February 23 and March 6, 2010.[12] Beta testers were given an additional key so they could invite a friend in March 2010.[13]

On March 25, 2010, the beta database was wiped, removing characters, friends lists, profiles and ladder/league placements.[14] The process was repeated on April 22nd[15] and again in June.[16]

Phase Two

The first phase ended on June 7, 2010.[17] Phase two started on July 7, 2010[2] and ended on July 19, 2010.[2][18][19]

The second phase was open in Taiwan and South Korea (rather than a closed beta as elsewhere). South Korea will have access to the full game a few days early.[20]

Features

The StarCraft II beta was available for download from a Battle.net account that has been invited or by a key.

StarCraft II beta was multiplayer only and contained some Battle.net 2.0 features such as the friends list and party system; although cross-game functionality was not immediately present.[21]

Access to the Galaxy Map Editor was made available in April 2010 with Beta Patch 9.[15]

Voice chat was available between users and users could move together as parties, in a feature taking some reference from World of Warcraft that was introduced with patch 2.2.0.[22]

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1/Windows 7 Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer
Processor 2.2 Ghz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor Intel Processor
Video 128 MB NVidia GeForce 6600 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeon® X1600 or better
Memory 1 GB system RAM/1.5 GB for Vista and Windows 7 2 GB Ram
Storage 4 GB free hard space (Beta) 12 GB available HD space
Internet Broadcast internet connection[23]
Media DVD-ROM drive
Input Keyboard and Mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
Resolution 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
Recommended System Requirements
  Mac®
Processor Intel® Core 2 Duo processor
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI Radeon® HD 4670 or better
Memory 4 GB system RAM

Patches

Main article: StarCraft II beta patch

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Blizzard Entertainment Lylirra 2010-07-07. StarCraft II Beta Phase Two Begins. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved on 2015-05-24.
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  4. Gifted 2010-02-10. StarCraft II Beta Later this Month. StarCraft Legacy. Archived from the original on 2010-02-13. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
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  6. Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym 2010-02-26. Latest News - Beta Patch 1 Live!. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-07-17. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment Karune 2010-02-11. Beta selection questions(for clarification). Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  8. Medievaldragon 2009-06-29. G4TV Interviews Dustin Browder nearing Beta. BlizzPlanet. Archived from the original on 2010-03-09. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
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  11. Patrick Garratt 2010-03-09. Interview: StarCraft II’s Dustin Browder on the beta, GDC, and finally going home. VG247. Archived from the original on 2010-03-11. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  12. Medievaldragon 2010-03-06. StarCraft II Beta Wave 3 Invitations Sent. BlizzPlanet. Archived from the original on 2010-03-12. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  13. Webnet 2010-03-18. Starcraft 2 Beta: Invite a friend. StarCraft Source. Archived from the original on 2010-03-27. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment Bashiok 2010-03-16. StarCraft II Beta Full Reset Complete. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-07-04. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Blizzard Entertainment Nethaera 2010-04-22. Patch Notes - Beta Patch 9. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-06-17. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  16. Blizzard Entertainment Bashiok 2010-06-04. Patch 15: Leagues & Ladders Placement. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-06-08. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  17. Blizzard Entertainment Nethaera 2010-05-28. StarCraft II Beta Test Schedule Update. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  18. Blizzard Entertainment Lylirra 2010-07-16. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Beta Test Draws to a Close. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  19. Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym 2010-07-20. What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-09-15. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  20. Bandreus 2010-06-26. Korean Event Aftermaths, Beta Phase 2 and LAN play. INC.Gamers. Archived from the original on 2010-06-29. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  21. Zhydaris 2010-02-11. Italian Open QA; Beta now Global Release; Mac Support to Come Later. StarCraft Legacy. Archived from the original on 2010-02-14. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
  22. Error on call to Template:ref web: Parameters url and title must be specifiedMedievaldragon 2010-02-17. . BlizzPlanet. Archived from the original on 2010-09-03. Retrieved on 2018-05-24.
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