The Koprulu sector rings once more with the sounds of battle, for the public beta test of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has officially begun! Invitations to participate in the beta test are now being delivered. As with previous Blizzard Entertainment titles, the beta-test process for StarCraft II will occur in phases. In each phase, we will be selecting players who meet specific criteria and who have opted in via their Battle.net accounts.
Players who have been invited to participate in the beta test will need to have a Battle.net account. For more information on the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test, please read the FAQ and our recent media alert.
If you didn't receive a beta test invite, don't worry -- it's possible that you'll be added in a later phase. Keep an eye on the email address associated with your Battle.net account, and stay tuned to eu.StarCraft2.com for further updates.
On Tuesday, Feb. 16, we were honored to host a special event at our Irvine, Calif. headquarters to mark the donation of more than $1.1 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation International, two organizations that grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in 36 countries around the world. This donation, which was based on 50 percent of the total sales during November and December of the Pandaren Monk pet for World of Warcraft, was ultimately made possible by the World of Warcraft community. We appreciate the support the community showed for this important cause.
As part of yesterday's event, we invited 15 wish children and their families to tour the Blizzard campus, meet with the World of Warcraft development team, and participate in a variety of fun activities. Check out the press release to read more about the event, and visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation International websites to learn more about these organizations.
Photos provided courtesy of Marc Weisberg
Series 3 of FigurePets, limited-edition pets created to go along with the custom character statues from FigurePrints, is now available. Series 3 features Perky Pug, Deviate Hatchling, and the Pandaren Monk, all manufactured using high-tech 3D printing, and is only available until March 31, after which the pets will not be produced again. You can purchase them individually for 24.95€ or get the whole set for 59.85€, and with any FigurePets order, you'll also get a 10% discount on a FigurePrints character statue. For more information or to place an order, head over to www.figureprints.com/figurepets.
We're pleased to announce that the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator, an application for mobile phones that provides an extra layer of account security, is now available as a free download for Android mobile devices on Android Market. The Battle.net Mobile Authenticator provides a one-time password that you use in addition to your regular account name and password to log in to a Battle.net account and any associated World of Warcraft accounts.
Versions for other mobile devices are also available for download here, or you can purchase a physical Battle.net Authenticator from the online Blizzard Store. Visit the Android Battle.net Mobile Authenticator FAQ for more information, or head to the setup page to get started after you've downloaded the application. For additional account security advice, visit our recently released Account Security page.
Blizzard is celebrating five wonderful years of World of Warcraft in Europe by offering WoW for the amazingly low price of 5€/£5 and the WoW Battle Chest for only 15Є/£13! These fantastic deals are available for one week only, on the 11-18th February 2010, from the Blizzard Store, via Digital Download and at selected retail stores all over Europe. There's never been a better time to gift World of Warcraft!
On February 11, 2005, World of Warcraft launched in Europe. To celebrate our five year anniversary, we've teamed up with J!NX, Gunnar Optiks, NVIDIA, SteelSeries and ASUS to give out some truly epic loot! Over five weeks, we'll be hosting a series of photography contests. Each week, we'll announce the theme for that week and the sponsor. Be sure to check out our Five Year Anniversary Contest page and the Terms and Conditions for entering!
The list of past innovations on to the legacy Battle.net service is long and varied -- the introduction of competitive ladders, server-hosted games, online-stored characters, automated matchmaking, and more. But with the release of StarCraft II, Battle.net will evolve into an even more powerful and advanced online game service that will power all Blizzard Entertainment titles moving forward.
Check out our new Battle.net preview and video interview with Greg Canessa, project director for Battle.net.
The Pet Store is about to go plush! Introducing the Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling, the first in a new line of cuddly, crafty critters scheduled to arrive exclusively in the online Blizzard Store in the weeks ahead. Each plush companion will come with a code for a matching in-game, non-combat, account-bound pet to fly by your side in Azeroth. Both Horde and Alliance players will be able to adopt either pet once they hatch in the online Blizzard Store. Keep your eyes on the sky -- and the official World of Warcraft website -- for more information.
FigurePrints, which sells custom World of Warcraft character statues, has expanded its line of classic armor sets to include everything that was available in the Burning Crusade expansion. The new armor includes dungeon sets up through tier 6 and Arena sets 1-4. Nine new base varieties have also just been added to the line of customization options. All of these new features are now available at www.figureprints.com.
We've received new information that links former Confederate pilot and Sons of Korhal rebel Matt Horner to the notorious band of criminals and thieves known as Raynor's Raiders. This dossier includes a full personal history and threat assessment of the man believed to be Jim Raynor's second in command.