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StarCraft 2 Beta and the $150 Price Tag

Before we get into the gory gameplay, balance and multimedia details which were revealed during BlizzCon, here are two important and confirmed bits of information our readers should know about:

Michael Morhaime

1) As confirmed by Mike Morhaime, President of Blizzard Entertainment, this year’s BlizzCon attendees receive StarCraft 2 beta keys.

No, the StarCraft 2 Beta was not announced, and no planned schedule exists. However, it is reasonable to assume that Blizzard will make the beta available before 2009’s Blizzcon.

2) During the StarCraft Gameplay Panel, it has been revealed that StarCraft 2 will be released as a game trilogy:

  • Wings of Liberty (Terran)
  • Heart of the Swarm (Zerg)
  • Legacy of the Void (Protoss)

The trilogy is required only for the single player campaign, and the full-featured multiplayer (Battle.net) experience will be available to players who purchase even just one of the above. Splitting the game into 3 distinct products was an uneasy development decision, according to Rob Pardo, who said it was made due to StarCraft 2’s giant single-player project scope, among other considerations.

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