Blizzard Entertainment on Wednesday announced that its upcoming strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has entered the closed Beta phase of testing. The publisher has sent out invitations to thousands of gamers, who are also getting an opportunity to try out the new version of Blizzard’s Battlet.net multiplayer gaming platform. Blizzard said that the new Battlet.net will be the platform for not only StarCraft II and Diablo III, but also World of Warcraft and future Blizzard games.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is expected to ship sometime during the first half of 2010. It’s the sequel to 1998’s StarCraft, and it is actually the first in a trilogy, with each part offering a 26- to 30-mission campaign centered around one of the game’s three races: the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. Wings of Liberty consists of the base game and the first campaign, while the next two releases will be expansion packs.