Starcraft II Goes Free-To-Play

Dora Pope
November 6, 2017

Players who already bought StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty but did not buy Heart of the Swarm will get the expansion for free instead.

"We will also continue to offer premium upgrades like announcer packs, special skins, and new Co-op Commanders to enhance your StarCraft II experience in a number of different ways", says Blizzard.

"StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty brings players back to the sci-fi world they've been pining over for more than a decade, and it doesn't disappoint", we wrote at the time. After all, Dota 2 and League of Legends are both free-to-play (as is Blizzard's own Heroes of the Storm), and those are doing pretty well for themselves. There will be some limitations to what players can access in the real-time strategy game though, including the need to purchase the title's other expansions.

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BlizzCon is an annual convention held by Blizzard Entertainment to promote its major franchises such as Warcraft, StarCraft, Hearthstone, and Overwatch. Those who owned StarCraft II before October 31 will also receive an "Eidolon Ghost Skin and three portraits commemorating their founder's status in the game after StarCraft II goes free starting on November 14". It's a fantastic game, just be ready for some stiff competition if you decide to get serious about multiplayer.

Blizzard made some big announcements at the BlizzCon 2017. "With the massive Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, endlessly replayable co-op mode, prestigious ranked ladder, comprehensive map-making tools, and more, StarCraft II now delivers the ultimate real-time strategy experience completely free". The only requirement to unlock permanently is to earn 10 first wins of the day in Unranked or versus A.I. play.

You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire.

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