“hell, it’s about time.” doesn’t even begin to explain the excitement from this. Recently, some fans have supposedly receive emails from Blizzard stating that the Beta start on March 31. I know this could be fake, but, Blizzard has been updating quite a few things on their Battle.Net site.
Here is the Email.
Welcome to the beta test of Starcraft II!
We’re excited to have reached the beta-testing stage for Starcraft II and our upgraded Battle.net service, and we’d be grateful to have you join us during the next few months of fine tuning.
Along with the beta of Starcraft II, we are rolling out our new Battle.net delivery system which will serve as the primary channel for downloading the game and its updates. In order to participate, you will need to use the Battle.net account associated with this email address.
In an effort to test our distribution system in a high load environment, we are giving a few days lead so that a large number of beta testers have the opportunity to read this email first. Our planned activation is Tuesday, March 31st at 6 PM PDT.
To see what time it is in your time zone, please check here:
After that time, you will be able to login to your Battle.net account at http://us.battle.net and download the “Battle.net Client (Beta)” which adds a host of new features to Battle.net including:
- A global friends list between all Blizzard games
- The ability to quickly join or observe your friends’ games
- Detailed statistics and rankings for each game
- Track the global achievements of you and your friends
- And much, much more!
In addition, it will serve as the launch pad for Starcraft II and will automatically begin downloading your authenticated copy once you run it for the first time. Once the game is installed, you will be able to access the Battle.net Client from within the game or as a standalone desktop application.
Sending us feedback:
In the bottom left corner of the Battle.net Client (CTRL-SHIFT-B from within Starcraft II) there is a button called ‘Feedback’ which will bring up a place for you to report any bugs or suggestions. We also welcome feedback on the official Starcraft II forums at http://forums.battle.net/board.html?forumId=12009&sid=3000
Hopefully, this is real and not another hoax. If it’s real, then I get the feeling we might even be seeing Starcraft II’s ful release by the end of this summer.