The StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta test has begun according to Blizzard. The closed beta features the multiplayer portion of the real-time strategy game and will initially be limited to a few pro-gamers, press, contest winners, and shoutcasters. Since all of these people love talking about the game, this means HotS info will be pouring out on to the net faster than a speedling.
If you've opted in to the Heart of the Swarm beta, your time will come "soon." If you haven't, make sure to do so on your Battle.net account. Anyone who's still actively playing SC2 has a chance of being selected.
“Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including recent StarCraft II activity (and an element of luck), when selecting individuals during each round of invitations. Our goal is to have a wide variety of players and system types,” said Blizzard.
The beta will focus on balancing the new and exising multiplayer units for each race. Blizzard didn't mention an end date for the beta, so we still don't know when HotS will be coming out. If it's any indication, StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty's beta lasted about five months, but this one is expected to be much shorter since a lot of the kinks are already worked out. Hopefully this means we'll see a release by the end of the year.
For more on the new units, check out our recent interview with the StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm game designers.
Let us know if you've signed up for the beta, and what you're most excited to check out once you've gotten in.