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'StarCraft II' Goes Free-To-Play Later This Month

StarCraft II is becoming a free-to-play title starting November 14, Blizzard revealed during today's BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony.

Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime was on hand to make the announcement, explaining that the full "StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty" campaign will be available for all players to play for free going forward.

If you already have "Wings of Liberty," he said, you'll get the Zerg-themed campaign "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm" for free as well. If you're interested in picking up your copy of "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm," you'll need to log into your Battle.net account to claim it between November 8 and December 8.

In addition, all players will gain access to the full ranked multiplayer ladders and every co-op commander in-game up to level 5. To unlock the multiplayer ladder beyond that, you can earn 10 First Wins of the Day (a win in your first multiplayer match of the day)  in either Unranked or Versus A.I. mode.

There's also some new content coming to StarCraft II in the form of a new co-op mission called “Cart and Parcel,” though there weren't any other details divulged about what it may contain just yet. There should be additional information coming later during a StarCraft II panel later during the show.

After completing the "Wings of Liberty" campaign, if you don't nab "Heart of the Swarm" for free, you can pick it up along with the other single-player campaign content such as "Legacy of the Void" and "Nova Covert Ops" for $15 apiece or bundled together for $40.

There's also a special award coming in for anyone who already purchased any StarCraft II campaign before Oct. 31: a Ghost skin and three new portraits to add to your collection. If you’ve been considering jumping into StarCraft II, now’s a great time to do so.

NameStarCraft II
TypeReal Time Strategy, Sci-Fi
DeveloperBlizzard Entertainment
PublisherBlizzard Entertainment
PlatformsWindows, Mac
Where To BuyBlizzard StoreAmazonTargetWalmartGameStop
Release DateJuly 27, 2010
  • David_24
    I want to buy a commentators pack cause right now I just play with sound off cause the alerts sound so annoying.
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  • Martell1977
    Just make SC3 already...It's been long enough, it's time to do it.
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  • WildCard999
    Awesome!
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  • berezini
    useless news; never ever wanted to play it in the first place.
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  • btbtbtbt
    20340178 said:
    Just make SC3 already...It's been long enough, it's time to do it.

    Starcraft released: 1998
    Starcraft II announced: 2007
    Starcraft II released: 2010

    It's been nowhere near long enough according to Blizzard time..
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  • Martell1977
    20346441 said:
    Starcraft released: 1998
    Starcraft II announced: 2007
    Starcraft II released: 2010

    It's been nowhere near long enough according to Blizzard time..

    Sadly, you might be right. Their focus seems to be to create only games with lots of micro transactions or DLC. No new, complete IP since D3. And even D3 was meant to be a micro transaction game. They either had no idea how bad the RMAH was going to make the game, or they didn't care as long as they made money off of it.

    It's really sad the influence Activision has have on Blizzard. Activision had some great games out a long while back, but now it's all FPS that I see. Mechwarrior 2 and it's xpac Ghost Bear Legacy are among my favorite games of all time. I still play it from time to time using DOSBox.
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  • phobicsq
    So I assume ads will follow?
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  • austintx1985
    20348958 said:
    So I assume ads will follow?

    Almost certainly. Either that, or use the WoW model, where it is "free to play" but only up to a certain level cap, at which point you have to purchase xpacs to progress.
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