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StarCraft II Going Free to Play This Month

StarCraft II Going Free to Play This Month

Heads up, gamers: StarCraft II is going free-to-play, publisher Blizzard announced today at Blizzcon. The Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, andArtanis will remain completely free, meaning that you can keep leveling them to your heart's content.

Earlier this year, Blizzard released a remastered version of the original StarCraft with HD visuals and improved online features.

F2P commanders can earn access the Ranked mode after earning 10 daily "First Win of the Day".

Players who already bought StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty but did not buy Heart of the Swarm will get the expansion for free instead. Users just need to log-in to Battle.net between November 8 and December 8 to claim it. The first installment, Wings of Liberty, shipped in July 2010 and focuses on Earth's human exiles called the Terrans. "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".

Happy to see StarCraft II go free-to-play? The multiplayer mode will enable gamers from around the world to compete against each other.




Morten said that StarCraft 2's legacy of being an esport was another factor, and making the game free-to-play would make the game accessible to new competitors.

Gamers will be able to play the entire campaign of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for free once November 14 hits.

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

Those looking to continue the StarCraft II story will be able to purchase Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops, individually or together as part of a Campaign Collection in the Blizzard Shop. Players who already own all three campaign packs will receive a special thank you in the form of an exclusive Ghost skin plus three new portraits.

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