'StarCraft II' Will Soon Be Available to Play for Free

StarCraft II Wings of Liberty going free-to-play Details
Starcraft 2 will go free-to-play later this month

06 November, 2017

If you already own the base game, you will receive StarCraft II's second campaign, Heart of the Swarm, at no additional cost.

Blizzard's Tim Morten, production director on StarCraft 2, said conversations about moving to a free-to-play model have been happening for a while, but that it was important to make the change palatable to new and existing players.

Nonetheless, if you end up enjoying Wings of Liberty so much that you'll end up craving the other content options, Blizzard will sell you any one of the three individual expansions (Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, or Nova Covert Ops) for $14.99 each.

Starcraft II's Free to Play patch will go live on November 14th. Of course, we'd have to ridicule you for having such thoughts, because this is Blizzard we're talking about, and its games have some true staying power.

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In other words, you can now play all of StarCraft II's multiplayer, every Co-op Commander, and the entire first campaign in the single-player story, for free. Players will be able to tailor the experience, choosing their own mission path and selecting technology and research upgrades to suit their playing style throughout the 29-mission campaign.

With StarCraft II to become a free-to-play game soon, could the five-year-old Diablo III be the next on the list for Blizzard? But, that deal is only available from November 8th to December 8th. However, the latter needs to be unlocked first by completing the "First Wins of the Day" achievement 10 times either against the computer or in unranked games. We're an esports website, so I'll not wax lyrical about it, but Starcraft II's singleplayer campaign is one of the best in the business and well worth the price of entry.

The Wings of Liberty campaign is free, the ranked ladder is a free unlock and commanders are free until level 5.

Gamers will be able to play the entire campaign of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for free once November 14 hits. 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. This also includes all units from the expansion campaigns.

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