Starcraft 2's Heart of the Swarm beta extending to pre-orderer customers

Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm preview

In the lead up to the "impending" launch - er, in March - of Starcraft II's Heart of the Swarm expansion, Blizzard are extending its beta to include pre-order customers.

Anyone who bought the game before December 18th through has been added to the test, with later buyers being added in waves over the coming weeks. The beta client can be downloaded here , but if you're yet to secure access, turning up at the door and hoping to slip by unnoticed isn't going to work.

For retail purchasers, things are a little more complicated. So far only "select retailers", like Amazon, are offering beta keys. For anywhere else, unless they specify a key, you're probably going to be waiting for March.

Thanks, PCGamesN .

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.