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Blizzard Logo1 16th February 2009 - Some Updates (Beta timing news)

by Dustin Browder (Cavez)

I see lots of questions about timelines. Here is a little FAQ.

Question: "Why hasn't Blizzard released the Beta?" or "WTF have they been working on, I played it at Blizzcon last year and I thought it was done!"
Answer: Solo campaign is under heavy construction as is Battlenet. When these things have enough work done that we know when our release date is going to be with strong confidence we will announce the Beta. Unless something crazy happens, the Beta is going to happen this year.

Question: "Why don't you just give us your target dates if you don't know the final date? We promise, we won't get mad if Blizzard misses target dates."
Answer: Let's be realistic. Our target dates are not something we hit more than half the time. Putting those out there would be pretty close to lying to the fans. We are not going to do that. We want to be able to give good info, not info that we know is suspect. We'll give target dates when we think it is very likely that we will hit them.

Question: When can we have the next Battle Report?
Answer: We were waiting on getting some improved graphics in (some of the new stuff looked REALLY rough). That was finished last week and we are now playing and looking for a good game. Once we get that game the process is reasonably quick to get it out. Once we go Beta, you guys can do these and put them up. When that happens I'm sure there will be a ton of them and I'm sure the quality of the games played and the announcing will go way up.

Question: "I notice that you haven't actually given us any dates...."
Answer: Yeah. Sorry. We don't want to lie about the Beta, and we don't even want to lie about the next Battle Report. When we know a date (for anything) for certain, we'll let you know.

Hang in there. We're in the final stretch.

12th February 2009 - Vespene Laughs January edition and Valentine's Day wallpapers
Vespene Laughs has been updated and three Valentine's Day cards have been released, one for each species.
11th February 2009 - StarCraft II beta expected in the "coming months"
Activision held a conference call in which they discussed financial results from 2008 and briefly discussed upcoming events. StarCraft II's beta is expected in "the coming months" and a flagship game is expected to be shipped this year. Sources: Voodoo Extreme, IGN and Gamespot. Blizzard COO Chris Sams says the beta is months away. This adds on to Chris Sigaty's comments that beta should be released in 2009.
9th February 2009 - Chris Metzen/Micky Neilson interview at New York ComicCon
Blizzard loremasters answered questions on Ulrezaj, the Ghost Program, terrazine and a new novel concept, Heir to Adun. Source: Blizzplanet interview.
31st January 2009 - Star Craft II at the ESL Pro Series Finals in Paris
The Esports League will be hosting a tournament on February 7th and 8th. Source: [1] Credit to Gradius of StarCraft Legacy.
  • Update: the version played at ESL was the GC 2008 build.
29th January 2009 - UC Berkeley offering StarCraft course
A Berkeley University student-run organization, DeCal, offers a course on playing StarCraft called Game Theory With Application in StarCraft. It lasts 14 weeks and has 60 seats available in the first year. Source: NeoWin.
28th January 2009 - Blizzard fansite kit updated; Karune answers several questions
The fansite kit was updated (download here) and Karune answered questions on several topics at the official forums, such as colossus mobility and attack, Nighthawk abilities and artwork.
22nd January - Q&A Batch 48
The 48th forum Q&A was posted by Karune earlier today. Link: Batch 48
21st January - Beta key contests in Vespene Laughs
Karune reports that StarCraft II beta keys will be available for winners of the Vespene Laughs comic contest, and at other events. Link: Beta Keys to Be Added to Contests
21st January - Patch 1.16.1 released
Blizzard released StarCraft patch 1.16.1 today. Highlights include CPU throttling. Link: Patch Notes
11th January - StarCraft II @ ESL Finals
Blizzforums member FoxSpirit played StarCraft II at the Electronic Sports League Finals 2009 in Austria January 9-10, 2009. The build appeared to be the same build shown at BlizzCon 2008. Source: StarCraft Legacy
8th January - Vote for your favorite Dark Templar unit model!
Choose between original dark templar (using warp blades), newer model dark templar (using scythes) or a random selection of both. The deadline is February 5th. Vote Link: Vote for Your Favorite StarCraft II Dark Templar
DarkTemplar SC2 Game2


DarkTemplar SC2 Game3


22nd December - Chris Sigaty says StarCraft II (beta) expected in 2009
Blizzard Entertainment employee Chris Sigaty said "We’re really excited in 2009 to get StarCraft II in front of you the gamer and put in front of you and put this brand new multiplayer experience that harkens to the original game in front of you and hear feedback, so, I can’t wait." Link: 2:40 and beyond X-Play video.
22nd December - StarCraft Legacy Interviews Graham McNeill
StarCraft Legacy has interviewed Graham McNeill about the upcoming I, Mengsk novel. It reveals part of the novel's structures and information about new characters. Link: SC:L Interviews Graham McNeill
19th December - New wallpaper and three new screenshots at Blizzard's web site
An Sarah Kerrigan wallpaper and three new screenshots (one featuring a terran vs protoss battle in the rain among civilian structures) are now available. Link: Official StarCraft II Community
19th December - Official Battle Report #1
Blizzard Entertainment posted a battle report video today, featuring Matt Cooper and David Kim playing terran vs protoss in Kulas Ravine. Link: Official StarCraft II Battle Reports
19th December - Serve the Directorate. Serve Humanity! Brood War board game faction: United Earth Directorate
The United Earth Directorate appears as a faction in StarCraft: The Board Game: Brood War. Fantasy Flight Games has released their leadership card deck. Source: Fantasy Flight Games