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StarCraft II February Beta Imminent

By Samuel 'DarthBotto' Horton
Feb 11, 2010 01:07

ImageThe quarterly report for Activision Blizzard has occured. The special news is that Blizzard Entertainment has now confirmed a beta release this month.

As many fans correctly hypothesized, the beta for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty received a strong word at the quarterly conference. The beta will commence later in February, giving us a seventeen day timeframe to work with.

Another major topic regarding StarCraft II is its integration into digital gaming. With the release of 2.0, StarCraft II will be available not only in retail stores, but will be a downloadable product offered online. Following StarCraft II's imminent release, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will launch this year, as well. Much like the original version and two preceding expansion sets, Cataclysm will be available for digital download. Although, its download will be available much sooner, as the company is aiming to be pioneers in spear-heading the digital gaming realm.

Although the two Blizzard titles were the primary interest and obvious sources of revenue intake, the Activision titles warrant much attention as well. Call of Duty was considered the most-successful title of this last year. Thus, downloadable content will be available this year, in order to expand the fronts of console eSports. Other franchises of concentration include, (although not quite so significant), include more casual games such as Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk, Shrek, True Crime, Spider-Man, Blur, Singularity and James Bond 007.

To reiterate Blizzard Entertainment's position as the bell of the ball for the Activision Blizzard slate, the conference ended on a high note focusing entirely upon the Irvine company.

* World of Warcraft strong going into expansion pack year
- Global subscribership of approximately 11.5M users
- Solid adoption of value added services
- Working towards regional expansion and Wrath of the Lich King launch in China

* 2010 shaping up as biggest in Blizzard history
- 1st time in 12 years with 2 major products expected in same calendar year
- StarCraft II beta testing ready to launch this month
- WoW Cataclysm improvements to benefit experienced and new players alike
- Innovative in-game VAS and community features for WoW - designed to be the premier online gaming destination
- Connects the Blizzard Entertainment community
- Foundation for future Blizzard Entertainment online games
- Advanced communication features for players to chat across World of Warcraft realms and across Blizzard Entertainment games

Source: Activision Blizzard, StarCraft: Legacy



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