Blizzard's highly-anticipated real-time strategy title, StarCraft II, finally has a retail date: July 27th.

"We've been looking forward to revisiting the StarCraft universe for many years, and we're excited that the time for that is almost here," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "Thanks to our beta testers, we're making great progress on the final stages of development, and we'll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new in just a few months."

Incidentally, then, we can speculate that the multiplayer beta is likely to conclude in the coming weeks.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will ship both standard and collector's editions. The collector's edition will cost NZD $199.95, the standard edition will cost $129.95.