Blizzard’s Korean community manager Kicho has hinted of a possible open beta, saying StarCraft II will be available for “all fans of the franchise”, not just press and VIPs.
“We know that all of you are very curious about the development of the Beta with the release of many Starcraft 2 Beta Testing related news across various news portals,”in a message to the community. However, the specifics of beta testing have not been finalized yet and Blizzard is not yet ready to give out details. The team is apparently doing what it can to introduce StarCraft 2 as quickly as possible, something we have previously.
“I can definitely say that the Beta test will not just involve industry experts and other VIPs but rather will involve all fans of the franchise,” he said. This would in effect mean an open beta period.
The question is of course if this implied open beta will start after the promised closed beta, or if all the beta keys given away so far effectively have become worthless. An alternative is that it just means the fans so far already having received keys for various reasons.
We have contacted Blizzard for a comment on the matter, stay tuned to IncGamers for more info as we get it.
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