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StarCraft II is now free for PC and Mac gamers

15 November 2017

If you're looking to experience the more recent story chapters included in the expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void, you'll need to buy these seperately.

If you've never played StarCraft II, you really need to check this out, unless you truly detest strategy games. Co-op commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will also be available for free whereas the other commanders are only "free up to level 5". This means that players around the world will get free access to the full award-winning Wings of Liberty campaign and the multiplayer competition of StarCraft II's ranked ladder.

As for the rest, all the multiplayer units will be accessible in the Unranked Multiplayer and Custom games.

StarCraft II is now free for PC and Mac gamers
StarCraft II is now free for PC and Mac gamers

Back in early November, Blizzard announced during BlizzCon 2017 that StarCraft II was going to become a free-to-play title, and now that time has come.

You can sign up for via your Facebook account or a more traditional email/password setup.

For players who already owned Wings of Liberty, Blizzard is also offering the second part of the "StarCraft II" campaign, the Heart of the Swarm expansion, for free instead.

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Blizzard has also introduced a "welcome" experience for newbie players with version 4.0 of StarCraft II, which allows you to select your level of RTS experience, with more guidance and introductory videos on hand for true novices.

Blizzard hopes that the shift to a free-to-play model will encourage more gamers to try out the iconic real-time strategy game for themselves.

When it comes to Ranked play, you will be able to access this only after you have attained 10 'First Wins of the Day.' These wins have to be either in Versus AI matches or Unranked multiplayer. You will be asked for email verification, though strictly speaking it's not mandatory.

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StarCraft II is now free for PC and Mac gamers