Heart of the Swarm beta is live

Posted by Radoslav "Nydra" Kolev at 05 September 2012 11:09

The beta servers for the upcoming StarCraft 2 expansion are live for all regions and for the players with invites. If you're wondering if you've just woken up one HOTS beta richer, we suggest you go check our account immediately.

The first invites are mostly 1.5. Arcade Beta testers, progamers and members of the press, GosuGamers included. With time, more and more invites will be handed out until the beta population reaches Blizzard's testing needs.

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

Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including an element of luck. 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 happen.

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. An exciting array of new units and abilities has been added to the terran, protoss, and zerg, and we’d like to have as many eyes on these new additions as possible.

Will [awesome features X, Y, and/or 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 in the beta 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. Nonetheless, the degree to which you are an active Wings of Liberty player may impact your chances of being selected as a beta tester.

Stay tuned to GosuGamers as our Heart of the Swarm coverage is already on its way!