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.
now that is surprising. They don't really need to test out server performance with a few thousands? They just stress the servers to the max on day one with zillion testers? gasp
Well to be fair, to know what the servers can handle before the actual retail release is a plus on their side.
If there is an open stage, it will probably quite some time after the closed one, so they know what the servers can take. Besides, the stress will come sooner or later anyway, when they release it, so it might be worth it for them to make the beta open for just a couple days/weeks.
IF - and it's really a big if - they do it, I think the open one will open after the closed one...
It's Kicho time!
Very good news. Test before and they'll avoid disappointment (and complaints).
Pretty sure it will be like with World of Warcraft, a few months of closed beta followed by a couple weeks of open beta to stress test.
That would be SO awesome. I have a key, but loads of friends without one. I doubt fansites will be able to provide that many keys!
indeed they wont! This is great new for all of us alltho im not sure about SC2 beeing a good enough sequel they changed Sarah kerrigans voice =(
@Rovdjuret: Its a bit early to judge on the qualities of the sequel since it hasn't even gone into beta yet don't you think?
I couldn't care less about the voice actors. As long as the game play is good, Hillary Clinton could be Jim Raynor for all I care. Besides, don't knock the voice acting until you actually hear it in game.
I Have to get one!
This is a HUGE shock, I am really suprised...
Huge shock and very surprised usually go hand in hand, yes :)
Wow. Didn;t see that coming...
That would be only fair. If their servers can take it, there's probably little reason not to do it. It's not that any of us would not buy the full version after the experience with beta.
Well their "beta" servers do not have to be able to handle that kind of load, but it should be no problem on the servers setup to handle the release version of the game.
Would probobly be hard on an login server since most of the games in the other games are hosted by players... but you are absolutly right about the login server and Bnet server beeing Hammered by crying babies
It still seems like a bit far fetched to me but it would be nice to end with some sort of open beta phase for those who do not get access tot the closed phase. Maybe they want to make up for the waiting a bit by giving it to their fans just a bit earlier? I mean, Blizzard beta is more of a marketing tool then beta anyways so.
Surely, any beta would be good at this point.
maybe he meant eventually, after the closed beta, when they needed more people online to test the game matchmaking and other new b.net features? Or else the extra 8 months they've had to work on the game since b.net wasn't ready back when they had to delay the beta test gave them so much more time to play test and balance internally that they don't really need so much data from beta testers?
Beta is mostly a PR stunt nowadays anyway
Sounds like information lost in translation to me. "All fans", could mean all the people that can manage to get their hands on beta-keys. As it will probably only be fans that actually do get such keys (that visit Blizzcon, buys keys on Ebay, or participate in the SC2 community).
That's what the news item said as well...
yeah right, it will be closed first for sure.
Most likely. It would be bad press if the servers go down under the load, even if this happens in beta.
SC2(assuming a world wide release) will easily sell 5 million in the first week, an open stress test on B.net 2.0 isn't a bad idea.
Of course it will be a Beta for the fans, the fans being the ones who are on battle.net and have filled in their SCII Beta Profile like I did just now.
Count me in.
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