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Best Selling Strategy Games: StarCraft 2 - Release Date and System Requirements

Updated on October 12, 2013

StarCraft II - Hell, It's About Time!

StarCraft II - Hell, It's About Time.
StarCraft II - Hell, It's About Time.

2010 Oct 5, Update: According to NetEase's VP, StarCraft II is expected to launch by the end of 2010 in China. This means better local support, cause AFAIK the game is downloadable from China from day one of its 'worldwide' release.

2010 Jul 21, Update: Added "StarCraft II - Ghosts of the Past" Trailer which is the full version of the NBA Commercial seen earlier; this video also reveals the identity of the gorgeous redhead in that ad.

Also added a "Can My Computer Run StarCraft 2?" section that can help you to quickly determine whether your computer can run StarCraft II. It's in the Specs section.

StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

There are 2 Editions available:

Standard Edition and Collector's Edition


Is This The Awesomest Game Ever?

Official Worldwide Release date: July 27, 2010 Midnight (with the exception of China, as announced by Activision Blizzard on May 3rd, 2010)

It finally happened folks! You know how StarCraft II developers are the luckiest developers in the world? So lucky that they get to play this game for a good 5 years among themselves and hence taking their sweet time developing the game. Don't just take my word for it, they had been making videos of themselves playing the game, even organizing in-house tournaments, since this game was announced in May 19, 2007; having been in secret development since 2003. Now, don't get me wrong. I am not saying they are not doing work developing the game. I am just saying the whole company spend more time playing this game among themselves, and make up excuses for their staff while every kid who's old enough to play a video game has been shedding bucket loads of tears every year around Christmas time wondering why the game is not released yet. It's not fair, I never had the chance to work for a company like like this!

But that's ok, I am not gonna complain anymore, now that they are beginning to feel tired of playing among themselves and are finally sharing this game with the world. So for those of you who had been out of touch for a long time because you have not played it for some time, let me help refresh your memory.

Release Date: Jul 27, 2010
ESRB Rating*: Pending
Genre: RTS/Strategy
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

*News Update! StarCraft 2 has just received an improved game rating of 12+ in South Korea. Initially, it was 18+ (Adult) but Blizzard managed to get the revised rating after having changed the blood color to black, and removed smoking and profanity scenes from the game.

Some facts:

  • To make the game more interesting, and for the sake of replayability as in many Blizzard games before this one, the campaign is non-linear, with the player free to make decisions to do certain jobs to accumulate cash to buy extra units and upgrades.
  • A controversial issue of the game is that Blizzard has removed LAN play from StarCraft II forcing players to connect through Blizzard's servers,, before being allowed to do join their friends in a multiplayer game locally.
  • There will be a DotA (Defence of the Ancients) for StarCraft 2; it's only a matter of when not if, as the game editor allows anyone to make one.

Can My Computer Run StarCraft 2?

To quickly check whether your computer can run StarCraft 2, go to this site here (-opens in new window):

1. Select "StarCraft II" from the dropdown menu. It's further down, under Star Wars:*****.
2. Click the "Can You Run It?" button.
3. Allow activeX control. And make sure you ENABLE scripting if you have any add-ons in your browser that blocks script/ads like NoScript.
4. Keep your fingers crossed. ;)

For notebooks that can run StarCraft 2, and also look pretty doing that, check these out:
HP Envy 17 Gaming Laptop
HP Envy 14 Specs

StarCraft 2: System Requirements*

From Blizzard's page at, the latest updated system requirements for the StarCraft II are as follows:

Windows PC Specs:

PC Minimum System Requirements*:
OS: Windows® XP SP3/Windows Vista® SP1/Windows® 7 (With the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
CPU: 2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
GPU: 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT /ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
HDD: 12 GB available hard disk space
RAM: 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
DVD-ROM drive
Broadband connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution

PC Recommended System Requirements*:
OS: Windows Vista® SP1/Windows® 7 (With the latest Service Packs)
CPU: Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
GPU: 512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX /ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better

Macintosh Specs:

Mac Minimum System Requirements*:
OS: Mac® OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.2 or newer
CPU: Intel® Processor
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT /ATI Radeon® X1600 or better
HDD: 12 GB available Hard disk space
RAM: 2 GB Ram
DVD-ROM drive
Broadband connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution

Mac Recommended System Requirements*:
OS: Intel® Core 2 Duo processor
RAM: 4 GB system RAM
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT /ATI Radeon® HD 4670 or better

*Note: The System Requirements are for StarCraft II Beta and may change by the time the game is released.

Youtube: StarCraft II - Ghosts of the Past Trailer (Jul 21, 2010)

Youtube: StarCraft2 NBA Finals TV Commercial

Youtube: SC2: WoL Cinematic Trailer

StarCraft 2 Fans Poll

Is StarCraft II going to be better than StarCraft?

See results

Continued in Part 2

Now that you have seen the SCII computer hardware tech requirements and know whether your system is up to scratch, continue at this link below, to check out the storyline and to drool over the game ...

>> Part 2: StarCraft 2 - Gameplay Videos.


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    • Taerix profile image

      Taerix 7 years ago from Idaho, USA

      I didn't play Starcraft too extensively, but so far Starcraft 2 is so much better...faster paced, more units, more strategies.

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      chaladar 7 years ago

      After 12 years I hope so!!! For all of those who are curious if this game will run on your PC. I have a 2ghz processor, 2 gb of ram, and a radeon x1300 and the game runs just fine. So no worries if you don't have exactly what is mentioned above! Also, feel free to checkout my starcraft 2 guides webpage at


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      bane.hellister 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the info. Looks like It will run on my laptop as well. Man I'm in trouble now!

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      Dense 7 years ago from somewhere in a concrete jungle, hugging a green plastic tree, and wondering what happened

      It's about time, alright! ;)

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      Dense 7 years ago from somewhere in a concrete jungle, hugging a green plastic tree, and wondering what happened

      @slickeel: Thanks for sharing! ;)

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      Csjun89 7 years ago

      It'll be out soon! It's about time

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      slickeel 7 years ago

      The Starcraft 2 Beta Wings of Liberty works in Linux too. Ive got it to work with Wine in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 32 bits. I made a blog on howto fix this.


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      Dense 7 years ago from somewhere in a concrete jungle, hugging a green plastic tree, and wondering what happened

      TQ for the kind comments, Shadesbreath and bluefire. :)

      I had already made that video full sized, as requested. ;)

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      bluefire 7 years ago

      Darn, looks like I'll have to upgrade my computer to play this. Ah well!

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      Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

      Nicely done hub. Informative and to the point, respectful of your readers time. Good stuff. I'm looking forward to this game (have been for a while).

      I'd make that video full size... it's too small and dark little like that. Just my two cents but its so cool, and I was all squinting into my screen. lol.

      Good job on this. :)