StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta goes live – look out for invites

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Blizzard Entertainment has revealed that the long-awaited multiplayer beta test for the studio’s upcoming RTS, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, is now live and available to select players.

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In a post on the official site, Blizzard wrote:

“The Heart of the Swarm beta test has begun! This multiplayer-only test will initially be limited to a select group of pro-gamers, members of the press, Arcade contest winners, and shoutcasters.

“Beta test participants are not under NDA, so you’re likely going to see live streams of matches, screenshots, and casts of impromptu Heart of the Swarm throwdowns starting … mmm, NOW!”

Invites to other players will also go out soon, so Blizzard asks that you ensure you’ve opted into the test by heading to you Blizzard account’s ’Account Management’ section and check the ‘Beta Profile Settings.’

Pro Tip: “Signing up from a account that’s actively playing StarCraft II will help your chances of being selected. Note that opting in doesn’t guarantee beta access,” says Blizzard.

Here’s a quick Q&A about the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta from the site:

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

Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including recent StarCraft II activity (and an element of luck), when selecting individuals during each round of invitations. 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 approach.

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. We’ve added an exciting array of new units and abilities to the terrans, protoss, and zerg, and we’d like to have as many eyes on them as possible.

Will [AWESOME SWARM FEATURES X, Y, AND 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 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. With that said, your level of Wings of Liberty activity may play a role in your chances of being selected as a beta tester.

Are you excited to get into the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer beta? Have you opted in? And the biggest question: Are you still playing StarCraft II?

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