StarCraft II Will Be Free to Play Starting Nov. 14

Ken Copeland
November 4, 2017

Starting on November 14th, everyone can download StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for free. But, gamers who already own that campaign won't be left out in the cold, because the second campaign, Heart of the Swarm, will be given to players who already own Wings of Liberty. Be aware however that you need to log in and claim it before December 8.

In addition, everyone will get access to the game's ranked ladder, as well as all the latest units and balance updates through the latest release in the series, Legacy of the Void. Co-op mode will be immediately accessible, though only Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will be unlocked for free; all the other commanders will still require purchases to upgrade past level 5.

First off, the entire StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty single-player campaign will be playable for free. "We know "free-to-play" can mean a lot of things for different games", Blizzard said in a new statement on its website, "but we're here to assure you that when we say that we're making StarCraft 2 free-to-play, we really mean it".

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This means that both of the most critically acclaimed games in the Starcraft franchise-Brood War and Starcraft 2-are now readily available to the public without any cost whatsoever.

The announcement came at Blizzard's annual Blizzcon in Anaheim, a video game convention held by the company for its major franchises Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. In the seven years since it released in 2010, StarCraft II has awarded over $11M in prizes to competitors. The entire first single-player campaign and all the multiplayer modes for zero dollars is a pretty good deal. In addition, Blizzard announced a new pair of Co-Op Commanders - Mira Han and Matt Horner.

For those of you who have already purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, we'll soon be sending you a small thank-you in the form of an exclusive Ghost skin as well as three new portraits.

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