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Blizzard’s World Wide Invitational 2008 swag bag included a very promising item – a beta key for an unknown Blizzard game. Blizzard’s fans split into two camps at this point – the hopeless, lifelesss WoW addicts which claimed the beta key to be for World of WarCraft’s Wrath of the Lich King expansion, and the awesome, intelligent and handsome StarCraft fans who have decreed that the key is a clear sign that the StarCraft 2 beta is near.

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Today, Blizzard has officially announced that he beta key is for Wrath of the Lich King and not StarCraft 2.

We have some information to share regarding the beta codes received by those who attended the 2008 Worldwide Invitational or the 2007 BlizzCon. These codes are going to be used for the Wrath of the Lich King beta test.

If you do have a beta code from one of these events, we urge you to register it immediately and without delay. Full details on how to register your code can be found at the following page:
http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/misc/beta-signup.html

Despite the fact that StarCraft 2 is not as close as some might have imagined due to the recently received key, hopefully fans will not have to wait for WWI 09 to get their hands on the beta.

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While real StarCraft 2 news is scarce, Blizzard still continues dishing out interviews to all who ask, slowly revealing interesting details about StarCraft 2 and their other projects.

Gamasutra has published a long interview with Chris Sigaty, lead producer of StarCraft 2, discussing all things Blizzard. They talk about many of Blizzard’s games, the instant success of their foray into MMO territory with World of Warcraft, their legions of fans in Asia, and Blizzard’s plans for the future.

Here’s a small, interesting tidbit to whet your appetite:

How long do you think original Starcraft is going to keep going when Starcraft 2 comes out?

 

CS: You know, for us, we’re definitely not trying to remove the Starcraft original players out of the mix. We believe that people will want to move over and play, but we’re certainly not trying to eliminate anybody. It’s a totally different game. It’s a lot of the same magic, gameplay-wise: fun gameplay. So I think they can co-exist. I won’t know; this is just for me guessing of course, how many people are going to move over.

Another interview, conducted by OnlineWelten, asks a few redundant questions in an entertaining, hostile manner.

Starcraft-Welten: Will the mistake publishing an expansion pack which divides the community be repeated? Or have you already thought about this for a future expansion? (stopping Battle.net support for players without the expansion)

 

Blizzard: Actually Brood War was one of the most widely adopted and accepted expansion packs ever – hardly anyone stayed with vanilla StarCraft so there is no real division of the community noticeable. Today hardly anyone plays vanilla StarCraft only and all leagues and sites also support StarCraft Brood War. But to answer the question: We are still very early in the development process and it is far too early to discuss any details about an expansion pack.

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Only twenty days after BlizzCon, Blizzard’s exclusive gaming event, StarCraft 2 will again be playable at the public Leipzig Games Convention.

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Blizzard has put up a press release on Blizzard.co.uk regarding the event:

PARIS, France. – 20 August, 2007 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. revealed today that World of Warcraft®: Wrath of the Lich King™, the second expansion for World of Warcraft, and StarCraft® II, Blizzard’s highly-anticipated real-time strategy game, will be playable at the 2007 Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. The Games Convention opens for the trade on Wednesday, 22nd August and is open to the public from Thursday the 23rd to Sunday the 26th of August.

 

Recently unveiled at the company’s BlizzCon™ gaming festival, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King opens the forbidding wasteland of Northrend to exploration by the hardiest adventurers. European players will be able to adventure in the Howling Fjord region of Northrend and test their mettle in Utgarde Keep, a five-person dungeon located there. In StarCraft II’s first European appearance, attendees will be able to experience the recently revealed new units of the Terran race and play as either the Terrans or the Protoss in single-player skirmishes and in multiplayer battles on six different maps.

 

Members from the development teams will be on hand to give live demonstrations of the games over the course of the event, in addition to presentations and interview sessions for the press.

The Leipzig Games Convention is an annual video game event in Leipzig, Germany. It is the largest gaming event in the world, taking place at the Leipziger Messe Fairgrounds.

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In 2006, it was attended by 183,000 visitors, 2,600 journalists and 368 exhibitors from 25 countries.

For more information about the event, check out the official Games Convention website.

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Visitors to this year’s BlizzCon will receive a bag full of goodies when picking up their convention badge.

The bag may include, among other things:

The Murlock Suit: A special World of Warcraft code that can be redeemed in-game, providing one of your WoW characters with the Murlock Suit.

Beta Key: Access code to the yet to be announced beta test. There is no guarantee that the key is StarCraft 2’s beta, but the chances of Diablo 3 being announced are slim.

Colossus Fridge Magnet

Show Guide – detailing the BlizzCon show layout, along with some unique colorful articles by Blizzard.

World of WarCract J!NX T-Shirt

Heroes of Azeroth Starter Deck: starter deck for the popular World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. Moreover, Upper Deck Entertainment will be providing explanations for newbies and holding tournaments at the event.

The bag may also contain additional StarCraft/WarCraft/Diablo souvenirs such as coasters, button sets and other nifty surprises from Blizzard and BlizzCon’s sponsors.


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