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StarCraft II Is Going Free-to-Play

06 November 2017

Blizzard has announced that the popular real time strategy game "StarCraft II" will be free-to-play starting next week.

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What if you already bought part of StarCraft II? The base game, whose Legacy of the Void and Heart of the Swarm expansions will still require some moolah to purchase and experience, won't be relying on a second currency going forward or any other typical nonsense associated with free games. "Wings of Liberty", the first single player campaign of the title, will be offered for free, along with the cooperative Commanders until level five.

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Blizzard is also making StarCraft 2's online ranked competitive multiplayer available for free and players will be able to access units from all three StarCraft 2 releases. Meanwhile Unranked and Versus AI modes will also be unlocked, with access to Ranked modes being granted after the first ten wins of the day in the former two. You'll see Raynor and Kerrigan as well as Artanis, all three of whom are always free without restriction. As such, Warcraft fans are vocal about their desire for changes in the game, in comparison to requests that Blizzard change nothing about StarCraft ahead of releasing the Remastered version. Blizzard will continue to make money off of StarCraft II by selling those Co-Op Commanders, additional single-player campaigns at $15 each (or $40 for a bundle of three), and other "premium upgrades" like announcer packs, special skins, and War Chests. "That wasn't well-known", production director Tim Morten told Polygon in an interview. You'll be able to start playing on November 14th. If you've wanted to play, but not pay, now is your chance to check it out.

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StarCraft II will become a free-to-play title starting November 14. "It was actually a game design decision, a balance thing", he said. For any further need, you can take notes. Specifically, Stilwell states that Warcraft 3's maps are "stale", and players aren't exactly thrilled to play them when they come around.

StarCraft II Is Going Free-to-Play