This summer, Blizzard will launch an external beta test for their highly anticipated real-time-strategy sequel, StarCraft II. The beta doesn't have a specific date, but during an Activision Blizzard financial call with investors and analysts today, Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime said the beta test signals the "final stretch of development" for the long-in-development follow-up.
Unfortunately, Morhaime did not discuss the release date for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the first in Blizzard's trilogy of StarCraft II releases, nor provide a timeframe for the two planned expansion packs, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void. Those details are likely to shift based on the feedback Blizzard receives from the beta.
Blizzard typically keeps its mouth shut about release dates, but since becoming part of Activision, the company has been slightly more forthcoming about its future plans during their joint financial calls.
Would you be bummed if StarCraft II wasn't released this year?