On Friday, Blizzard Entertainment revealed that open testing for their Starcraft II will begin on March 29th in mainland China. This marks the latest step for World of Warcraft house Blizzard in bringing its next major release to the burgeoning Chinese online gaming market.
Multiplayers modes in the game will be made accessible for free. NetEase, the World of Warcraft operator, have teamed up with Blizzard to bring StarCraft II to China. A firm launch date for the release in China has not yet been revealed though.
Last year, 1.5 million units of the game were sold worldwide. Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard said, “We’ve been continuing to balance and make improvements to the game since its global release last July, and we think Chinese players will agree that StarCraft II has been worth the wait”.
Adding to this, NetEase CEO William Ding stated, “The original StarCraft is considered to be one of the classic real-time strategy games, which are highly popular among Chinese players, and we believe that StarCraft II will bring even more exciting competitive action to the Chinese gaming community.”
Let’s hope it all goes well for the game in China.