reaction to the news with the rest of the Italian Community ! Have
any questions about this? Want to know more? This is the thread suitable
for any discussion on the upcoming StarCraft II beta!
Post 1: (Shows appreciation)
Will Beta be released in phases still or is it a global release?
God forbid, I am here on purpose. Then, the objective now is to release
the beta "globally" , Then simultaneously in all regions. Qualorao this
is not possible due to unforeseen problems, the Beta for Europe and
Italy arrived in each case a very short distance (even a few days, not
talking about weeks). But again, our plan is currently in Beta release
simultaneously in all regions by the end of the month.
Post 2: When will you reply to those
who opted in through Battle.net? (Or have they already been sent?) What
can you actually test in the beta? When looking at graphics and
features, is beta be in a form that's "release ready" or a specific
partial version that was created for the beta? When you can create a
Battle.net 2.0 beta account? Will I create the real name ID? How will
we register the account? Will those who registered in beta have their
information retained in later phases? How does highly common "read-id"
names work such as "John". In beta, can I immediately use it to get in
touch with my old WoW friends?
The calls will start probably a couple of days before the actual launch
of the Beta. The beta is multiplayer only, with some features of
Battle.Net 2.0 already in the client (friends list, party system,
etc..). Nothing campaign. The game version will be updated very often
and will often be subject to change, but this does not mean that the
graphics will not be complete or whatever.
The exception will
be made localized versions, which may have missing sounds (to reduce the
size of the client) or placeholder for some translations. Nothing to
worry about anyway.
The cross-game functionality will not be
present. No chatting with friends on WoW for now :)
Upon first login
will be asked to enter a new nickname in the form Nickname.nick
(Zhydaris.Blizz, MarioZerg.Clan, etc..). Currently the first part of the
nickname is not "unique", so more people can choose MarioZerg, but only
one person has the combination MarioZerg.Clan.
Post 3: Will the ranking features be active during the beta? Is
there a "recycling" of the keys? (eg if a tester might not concerned too
much about the game play and reports fairly, then the key is removed
and given to another) (I sincerely hope you do;)) Will we be testing
"ums" maps also or just traditional map? There will be some sort of
reward or incentive for the players more active and / or more
collaborative in terms of suggestions and bugs reports?
The matchmaking system will certainly be active, the rankings are a
different matter, but I'm sure it comes time to test those too:) The
keys will be distributed and collected in different circumstances and
needs, sí. Currently there are several maps to be tested, then we will
see what to add / remove. We're looking at possible incentives for the
Post 4: You have already spoken of
localized versions in different languages (I had assumed that the beta
was only in English), I'd like to know if any beta-testers will
automatically set the language to their country or if there is a choice
of language to use.
fact, our goal is to make available localized versions for the various
test them properly. The automatic language settings ... we are
evaluating the options to be honest, will tell you when it becomes
Post 5:Will the beta be available for
Mac OS X? Or only for Windows? Since I have a Mac I wanted to know if I
could I also have some hope of receiving it.
No Mac version at the launch of Beta, will most likely be released
Just in case any of us want to create some videos for YouTube ... may
we share any replays?
Zhydaris: There will be no
I am very happy with the announcement and I hope to receive mail from
Blizzard. How can I qualify for it... something inside of my account
Zhydaris: Yes, in the main
page of your account you should see a small icon "SC2 Beta" written in
green and a "Beta Profile Settings". There you will find the option to
give your availability for the Beta.
Post 8: Regarding clan names, are you
limiting the format of how we write our names? Typical formats are
nomeclan.nick (For example, I am SoL.ChoBo) or [nomeclan] nick (would be
[SoL] Chobe) and so on ... It looks like Blizzard has decided to make
this format is required (at least in Beta) in the format Nick.Clan (I
would be ChoBo.SoL). It is not clear what one should do if they are not
part of a clan, I think they should be able to write what they please.
If this is true, it could cause problems as anyone can reserve a clan
name without approval for being in that clan. I'm just speculating but
can you clarify?
Zhydaris: No no, it has
nothing to do with clan name, which will appear in another way:) It is
simply two levels of recognition. The first is the generic nickname,
which can be a duplicate. The second is an additional identifier.
Let me give an
example: You choose ChObO.qualcosa. Guy chooses ChObO.qualcosaltro. The
name will be displayed normally Chobo in both cases (loading screens of
games, chat games, etc..), The second nickname comes into play only on
statistics, chat outside the game, etc.etc. Another totally random
example:"Do you know Mario?" "I know several" "Mario, who live on Mar
Sara" "Ahhh FAR Mario, yes, I know!"
I know it sounds
complicated, but it's easier than it seems:)
Post 9: Have you decided whether to
include the editor in the beta or not? Will the system requirements be
issued before or simultaneously to the beta? Will there be all game
type? (1vs1, 3vs3 and so on)
Zhydaris: From 1vs1 up it
will all be available, no exception. The requirements will come in due
course, yes. No editor, at least in the very first released version.
Post 10: All this has
nothing to do with the concept of Real ID, yes?
a way, yes: the name that will appear to those not within your "real
life" friends. The latter will be able to display your real name, all
others do not. But take everything with [an open mind]. Battle.net,
Real ID and everything could change between now and launch.
Post 11: How can we test
the game? (Ie, shipped via mail or via the famous account b.net key)
and after which we will have to download the package on our PC? How Big
will it be? It also looks like you avoided the question about beta
distributions. Did you "escape" the question or is it that you can not
speak on it/still deciding?
Zhydaris: We have not yet
released the number of calls that will be sent because it is not yet
final. The game will be downloadable from your account Battle.Net and
will appear in the list of games owned. The size of the client are
currently fairly small, we hope to be under the 3gb, but we'll see how
it will be the Beta client on the day of its release :)
Post 12: Thank you Zhyd,
we're providing more info than can be found on the internet after after
hours and hours of research ... We are all excited about this news.
that's the convenience of an Italian forum :)
Post 13: Can you make one thing clear,
will this be open or closed beta?
Zhydaris: It will not be open
to the public, you must have a beta key.