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Title: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on January 26, 2010, 04:36:01 pm
It's completely unofficial, and it's possible(likely?) that Best Buy is full of shit; However this image has appeared on Twitter, and has been confirmed by other sources.  Whether it actually represents a true release date is another story, but without any sort of official confirmation, and without the Beta even being announced, I am highly skeptical:

http://twitpic.com/zvqvw (http://twitpic.com/zvqvw)

Best Buy Online list the release date as March 1st, 2010.  Although they also apparently listed it as Dec. 3rd, 2008 at one point.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Espie on January 26, 2010, 06:04:50 pm
Heh. That's amusing.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on January 26, 2010, 08:47:00 pm
Every store estimates the release date. This one happens to be quite inaccurate. It's funny that the poor wording has given people a glimmer of hope; they deserve to get a swarm of angry customers for that blunder. Other than that, it's no different from what we've been seeing for the past year-and-a-half. However, they are likely getting close to beta, so perhaps we can hope for that in March.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: YummyBlaBla on January 26, 2010, 09:34:19 pm
I predict the release date will be near the end of 2010.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on January 26, 2010, 11:09:38 pm
I was hoping for Q3.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on February 07, 2010, 12:07:02 am
Futureshop flyers are now advertising SC2, although no release date is given besides 2010.

edit: typo
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on February 07, 2010, 11:53:41 am
Future Shop:

"Order date: 11 Aug 2008, 13:05:30
         
   Items(s) currently on order:       Release date
   StarCraft II (PC/Mac)       31 May, 2010"
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on February 17, 2010, 08:29:56 am
SC2 closed beta slated for release this month. Beta forums are up as of today.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on February 17, 2010, 09:18:30 am
It looks like they're setting it up for public use in the very near future. I'll expect a beta invitation within the next couple of days, unless Blizzard makes a terrible, terrible mistake.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on February 17, 2010, 09:28:13 pm
It seems like they've delayed my beta invitation. I guess they're giving the noobs a head start. I'm sure it's coming tomorrow.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: YummyBlaBla on February 17, 2010, 10:43:25 pm
How did you get an invitation?
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on February 17, 2010, 11:42:20 pm
How did you get an invitation?
v3ck returned the following error: Invalid Query.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: YummyBlaBla on February 18, 2010, 12:41:52 am
I mean what did you do to get the chance of getting the invitation
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on February 18, 2010, 11:19:58 am
I went to my battle.net account: http://us.battle.net/?rhtml=y (http://us.battle.net/?rhtml=y).
Then I went to my beta profile settings, checked the "StarCraft universe" box, and downloaded and ran the application to submit my system specifications.

Supposedly they are still sending out invitations to people who have done this, so I haven't given up hope yet. =)
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on February 18, 2010, 11:27:13 am
no mac invites in the first round of invitations... I wonder if I should resubmit my system specs through bootcamp.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on February 18, 2010, 01:39:31 pm
I'm sure they will send out Mac invitations. They want beta testers from as diverse a set of systems as possible. However, I would guess that they do not need as many Mac testers because there is way more diversity in the hardware in PCs. I guess you'll just have to weigh the odds.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on February 24, 2010, 04:44:32 pm
Thoughts on the beta so far based on the Beta Videos?

Roaches seem pretty strong with their ability to move and attack while burrowed, and what's with the human defense drones.  Do they just negate all ranged attacks? or only certain types?
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on February 24, 2010, 08:57:35 pm
Yeah, roaches are pretty strong. Hydralisks are also insanely versatile. I think I heard that Blizzard already hit Zerg with the nerf stick.
I like the new-look Terran. Infantry actually do something now.
Protoss looks kind of boring. Immortals make the PvT matchup interesting . . . for the Terran player, since they don't just have to mass machines anymore. Sentries were supposed to make the early game cool, but I'm not seeing this.

http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Point_defense_drone (http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Point_defense_drone)
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Zeiris on March 02, 2010, 02:26:54 pm
Man. I'm a Supreme Commander fan, and think the lack of strategic zoom and advanced waypoints/queuing in Starcraft is neolithic... But these videos look goooood!

Is that kind of crazy micro and decision making accessible to normal players, or would I get stuck spending 50% of my time telling newly-built units where to go and re-filling empty queues?
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on March 02, 2010, 02:47:38 pm
There is no micro. The unit AI is too strong. They auto-surround FFS.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Zeiris on March 02, 2010, 10:05:42 pm
I probably used the wrong term. I mean, how much does microing your base build queues+economy+upgrades distract you from the important stuff?

What improvements have they made in that area relative to the original Starcraft?
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on March 02, 2010, 10:24:02 pm
There is now multiple-building selection as well as automatic mining, which they implemented to reduce the number of clicks necessary to maintain a base and unit production. However, they added a macro mechanic to each race that boosts production in some way. They did this so that you would still have to do things in your base, but there would be some sort of decision-making involved (and not as much clicking as before). Zerg can boost unit production, but they have to use a queen's energy, which could be used for other things. Terran can boost mineral harvesting, but the energy pool is shared with scanning. Protoss can boost the production of a building, but they have to choose between boosting economic units, military units, or tech.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Zeiris on March 03, 2010, 02:18:02 pm
Awesome!
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 03, 2010, 04:42:43 pm
Auto-repair is carried over from WC3 which I like.  All races have a function for speed building units.  Terran buildings have options for building reactor cores as add-ons which give the buildings an additional build cue (however most advanced units, require a techlab attached, and you cannot use both a reactor core, and a tech lab simultaneously, so its only effective for spamming low tier units). Protoss have the Chrono Boost ability, which steve mentioned, and the zerg queen can "inject larva" which creates additional larva with which to spawn units.

I think that this may enable rush strategies.  I have heard that one of the predominant Protoss strategies in the current beta (referred to as Chronogate) is a 2 gateway spamming of Zealots with Chrono Boost.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on March 03, 2010, 08:22:24 pm
I finally saw a VOD of someone using the sentry's forcefield effectively. I'm starting to really like sentries.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 03, 2010, 10:05:03 pm
link?
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on March 03, 2010, 10:20:13 pm
Ah, I can't remember which VOD it was. Sorry. I think it was on VoltySC's YouTube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/user/voltysc (http://www.youtube.com/user/voltysc)
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 03, 2010, 11:46:36 pm
http://www.youtube.com/user/voltysc#p/u/2/lMP8K0UEgqI

Found it.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on March 10, 2010, 09:54:07 am
Quote
the beta includes 9,000-something players at the moment and that Blizzard's goal is to have 10,000. However, should the activity on the current beta players go down, they will send out keys to new contenders in order to maintain the cap.

http://www.gosugamers.net/starcraft2/news/11530-terran-is-doing-the-worst-says-dustin-browder (http://www.gosugamers.net/starcraft2/news/11530-terran-is-doing-the-worst-says-dustin-browder)

If you were holding your breath, you can probably let it out with a disappointed sigh.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Justin707070 on March 10, 2010, 03:49:42 pm
I never had hope for this piece of crab. Just wait till the actual game releases.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 10, 2010, 04:19:52 pm
I still have hope.  They still have to release the mac beta, and as there are fewer mac players there will be fewer applicants to pull from.  They may also have fewer mac beta testers, but they will still require a pretty large pool, so my chances are probably better than the average PC user.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on March 10, 2010, 06:21:15 pm
They would need fewer Mac testers because they are drawing from only a handful of prepackaged systems.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 12, 2010, 12:31:11 pm
The article mentions they have about 9000 of their goal of 10000 testers, I wonder if the remaining 1000 will be mac testers.

I have been watching a lot of beta VoDs/Shoutcasts and two units that I have almost never seen are Banelings and Carriers, any thoughts on why this is?
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on March 12, 2010, 05:21:22 pm
I think you don't see banelings because it's just too easy to rush roaches and mass hydralisks.

As for carriers, I don't see what their role is. Seriously, in what situation would you want to use them?
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 13, 2010, 11:15:44 am
http://www.youtube.com/user/BlizShouter#p/u/2/i0LCBIKindU

Some decent baneling use in this replay, however it is completely overshadowed by the ravens hunterkiller missles.

Edit: Beta keys selling for 100-300$ on ebay.  Funny stuff: http://cgi.ebay.ca/STARCRAFT-2-BETA-KEY-INVITATION-PLAY-NOW-/110499461714
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 16, 2010, 04:15:57 pm
According to blizzard mac beta in April if ready along with major content update including  3v3 and 4v4 maps.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 20, 2010, 11:12:29 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTYSXgPvxM

good use of mass sentries in 2v2.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Zeiris on March 21, 2010, 03:48:29 pm
I feel kinda sorry for the zerg player for being stuck with a turtler, heh.

Those sentry force fields are awesome for messing with an opponents gameplan though :D And the nydus network! Oh man the shenanigans you can pull with that :D I wish I had one in supcom :(


Definitely gonna have to buy this game. I hope my laptop can run it.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 21, 2010, 07:24:42 pm
Yeah one big problem with the game in its current state is Terran's inability to quickly come to the aid of their allies.  Zerg can nydus in, if they have a proxy pylon protoss can warp in, or recall with a mothership.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on March 22, 2010, 06:30:41 pm
(http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/3971/ipistol.jpg)

WHY?!?? T_T

BTW it says "iPistol" if you are finding it difficult to read.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on March 27, 2010, 11:41:00 am
Sentries seem super strong: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlizShouter#p/u/5/X8vqCTMrwhs
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: wtfux on April 01, 2010, 10:00:34 pm
they actually came out with a cracked version of sc2 for those of you interested, and if you mod it up the computer AI is enough of a challenge to make playing the game worth it. Nonetheless cannot wait for release =D
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on April 01, 2010, 11:11:52 pm
We are all aware of the third-party software developments related to StarCraft II.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on April 20, 2010, 02:10:41 pm
mac beta starts 3-4 days after this weeks patch.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on April 22, 2010, 03:27:50 pm
The map editor is out.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on May 03, 2010, 11:55:07 pm
STARCRAFT 2.... ACTUAL RELEASE DATE

27 JULY 2010

http://investor.activision.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=466030 (http://investor.activision.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=466030)
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on June 16, 2010, 08:54:04 pm
Out of curiosity steve, what beta league were you in for phase 1?
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on June 17, 2010, 07:00:00 pm
I was in Platinum league when it was the highest league. After the patch that added Diamond league, I had problems with lagging out of games and I couldn't play anymore. I tried anyways, then I got problems with corrupted data or something like that. When the following patch came out, I failed twice to patch properly and gave up.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: Deviant on June 17, 2010, 11:59:20 pm
Ouch, that sucks that you had issues.
Title: Re: Starcraft 2.... Possible Release Date?
Post by: v3ck on June 18, 2010, 07:03:41 pm
Ouch, that sucks that you had issues.
I'm glad they experimented to improve performance. If they manage to get it stable for everyone, then it will hopefully have been worth it.