StarCraft II to arrive on July 27

— 5:15 PM on May 3, 2010

Almost exactly three years after first announcing the sequel to its futuristic real-time strategy game, Blizzard has set a release date for it, at last. As Shacknews reports, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will come out on July 27.

The release will happen on both PC and Mac platforms and in the following countries and territories:

United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

This cross-platform launch will prolong Blizzard's tradition of offering its games, including the hugely popular World of Warcraft, for Mac OS X and Windows alike. Of course, Mac gamers should already be feeling less left out, what with the OS X release of Steam scheduled for May 12.

Not everybody has to wait until the summer to get their Zerg rushing on. A Windows beta of StarCraft II has been available since February, and there's now a Mac version available, as well. The beta lets players fight it out in "ranked 1v1, 2v2 and free-for-all matches, along with unranked custom matches," according to Shacknews.

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