Fomos, a Korean esports website was given time to try out the observer mode of StarCraft II. They reported seven modes: none (no menus), resources (gathered resources and supply count), spending (on economy, tech and units), unit (number of units), production (units and buildings being created), army (resources spent on the army) and APM. Sources: Formos, Teamliquid translation and StarCraft Legacy.
The forum PlayXP had new information with some screenshots. Source: .
23rd May, 2009–Blizzard announced Global Writing Contest Winners
Blizzard Entertainment announced the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions. The winner gets a trip to Blizzard headquarters. Some of the stories may go up on their webiste. Source: Battle.net forums.
23rd May, 2009–Tokyopop previews Ghost Academy art
by President and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime
This summer we will beta testing, this phase will signal the final stretch of development. During the Starcraft II beta test we'll begin external testing of our new Battle.net including some features that are designed to connect all future Blizzard games. This includes new tools that will make it easier for players to communicate with each other between games. We are also introducing a centralize system that would let players manage of all their Blizzard entertainment games and future games in one place without having to remember multiple sets of log in information.
The StarCraft II beta-test period is coming in the months ahead! If you’d like a chance to participate, now’s the time to let us know. Simply log in to your Battle.net account (https://www.battle.net/login/login.xml), and click “Beta Profile Settings” to go through the new beta opt-in process and upload a snapshot of your system specs. During this process, you’ll also have the opportunity to opt in to future betas for other Blizzard Entertainment games. Please note that even if you’ve opted in to our betas previously, you’ll need to complete this new process and upload your current system specs to have a chance to be invited.
6th May 2009 – Blizzard interview and updated images
The StarCraft Wiki is part of Blizzard's fansite program. As part of it, we have posted an official interview with Blizzard's lead producer Chris Sigaty on how the imminent StarCraft II beta will play out. The interview came with updated images for the zerg queen and spawning pool.
Tokyopop previews the StarCraft: Frontline: War-Torn
Dark secrets are unearthed when a malign alien force from beyond the grave is unleashed aboard the ship General Lee and threatens to tear the War Pigs apart from within! As the search for Jim Raynor gathers pace, a team member's dark and blood-soaked past is laid bare, beginning a spiral of terror that pits War Pig against War Pig. Continue the journey into the extended galaxy of the best-selling video game! Source: .
The Blizzard Theme Park contest winners were announced, and they are set to receive beta keys. The StarCraft-related winners include Christina Marie DeLong who won the overall prize. Her park includes a terran combat simulator. There's also a StarCraft-themed park winner. Source: Battle.net forum
12th April 2009 – StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres description