Starcraft 2 Beta Offline Starting May 31

Starcraft 2Do you have your Starcraft 2 beta key yet? If you are itching for a chance to try out the redesigned races, you might want to jump on it: the current phase of the beta ends on May 31st, and the beta won’t be back for several weeks.

The downtime is likely to have time to polish up the game and install more hardware for an open beta and launch environment. Nethaera broke the news on the forums:

We’d like to let all of our StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test participants know that the first phase of the beta test will be coming to an end in all regions on Monday, May 31. The beta test will be unavailable for several weeks while we make some hardware and software configuration changes in preparation for the final phase of the beta test and the release of the game. We plan to bring the beta test back online for a couple of weeks prior to the game’s launch to complete our testing. We’ll have more details to share about when this final beta-testing phase will begin at a later date.

We’d like to thank all of our beta-test participants for your enthusiasm, dedication, and valuable feedback during the beta test, and we look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the StarCraft II beta test as the game’s July 27 launch approaches.

You can do some fancy footwork to hack the game to play offline AI, but we at Lore Hound of course do not endorse this kind of behavior. However, if its between breaking the ToS and suffering physical withdrawal effects, I can’t say I blame you.