European participants in the StarCraft 2
beta -- which shut down exactly one month ago today -- recently found themselves the recipients of a surprising package: a patch for the dormant pre-release of Blizzard's blockbuster strategy game. Blizzard has since announced the patch for the US, and released patch notes
for what is now known as Patch 16
, which includes Zerg balance fixes, new Achievements and six AI difficulties.
Considering that the beta was supposed to reappear "several weeks
" after the first phase ended, we wouldn't be surprised if this patch served as a harbinger for the beta's return -- especially since the retail version of the game is due
in just 20 days
. We think it's safe to start working on bolstering your APM once more.