StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Enters Beta

Good news, StarCraft II  fans! The beta for the upcoming expansion Heart of the Swarm is now live!

Before you go scrambling to check your e-mail inboxes, it’s noted that currently the beta is only available for people who helped extensively with Patch 1.5, as well as select press and pro-gamers.

But fret not because you just may have your chance soon! Make sure that you’re opted in for any StarCraft related beta on your Battle.Net account. Then begins the process of patiently waiting for your invite. As always, make sure to stay clear of any scammers.

Here’s the full list of the FAQ provided by Blizzard themselves:

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Beta FAQ

How are beta test participants selected from the opt-in pool?

Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including an element of luck. Our goal is to have a wide variety of players and system types.

Will there be any other ways to get into the beta besides the opt-in?

We’ll be providing beta entry giveaways through various promotions on our sites, as well as through fansites and community VIPs. We’ll have more information available on these promotions as they happen.

How many players do you plan to invite to the beta test?

The number of players we invite will be based on our testing needs. If during the course of testing we determine we need more players to participate, we’ll invite more.

Which game content will be available in the beta?

To start off, we will be focusing on the multiplayer experience only. An exciting array of new units and abilities has been added to the terran, protoss, and zerg, and we’d like to have as many eyes on these new additions as possible.

Will [awesome features X, Y, and/or Z] be available in the beta?

Additional Heart of the Swarm features will also become available in future phases of the beta test. More details will be announced at a later date.

How long will the beta test last?

We have not determined an exact end date for the end of the beta test. We will notify participants when the beta test is nearing completion.

Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta?

Yes, Mac users will be able to participate in the beta at the same time as Windows users.

Which languages are supported in the beta?

While the Heart of the Swarm beta will be accessible in all regions, the languages supported for the beta will only include the following: English, German, French, and Korean. Support for additional languages in the beta may be added later.

Do I need StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty to participate in the beta?

No, you do not need to have purchased StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty to participate in the beta. Nonetheless, the degree to which you are an active Wings of Liberty player may impact your chances of being selected as a beta tester.


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