Why StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

Why StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

Why StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

This includes the campaign for the initial game in the Starcraft 2-saga, Wings of Liberty, as well as the campaign for its sequel Heart of the Swarm if players already own a copy of Wings of Liberty.

"We know "free-to-play" can mean a lot of things for different games, but we're here to assure you that when we say that we're making StarCraft II free-to-play, we really mean it", the company wrote in a blog post. Meanwhile, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void will cost $15 as well as the complete Nova Covert Ops single-player mission pack.

The first edition of StarCraft 2, Wings of Liberty, was released in 2010, and now, 7 years and two expansions later, it's going to be free to play. "It was very important to us that this be accomplished in a way that feels good to our current player base and also attractive to new players or lapsed players who haven't played since Wings of Liberty". While Wings of Liberty will go free on the 14th, players will still have to pay to access the other installments.

Blizzard has been receiving that kind of input from players and partners "almost incidentally since the launch of StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void", the game's second expansion, Morten said. 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.

In addition to free access, everyone will also have full access to the StarCraft II ranked ladder. Be aware however that you need to log in and claim it before December 8. Co-op Commanders available for play free of charge through level five.

Included in the free package is access to the Wings of Liberty campaign, ranked ladder multiplayer, and all Co-Op Commanders. As with the existing line-up of Co-op Commanders, however, you will be able to play upcoming new Co-op Commanders who are released for free until they reach level 5. If you purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, you'll get an exclusive Ghost skin.

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