Big changes are coming to Blizzard's multiplayer service, as the StarCraft II beta test and release date edge ever closer. While you wait for Activision Blizzard to bring good news, get caught up to speed on's massive overhaul.

Blizzard's official preview covers much of what we already knew about the revamped, including cross-game chat, the Real ID service, updated matchmaking and the StarCraft II user mod marketplace. But it looks so pretty in pictures, so nearly tangible that the preview is worth reading, if only to work on your actions per minute improvements.

There's a new interview with Greg Canessa, project director for, which will give you the high level pitch. Otherwise, be sure to check out our preview from BlizzCon and get more eyes-on time with's interface all over StarCraft II in our gallery.

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