Starcraft II Is Going Free To Play Later This Month

Blizzard revealed that StarCraft II is going to become a free-to-play game at its Blizzcon event in Anaheim, California.

On top of all this, you'll be able to play Co-Op Commanders - current and upcoming - for free up to level five, with the weekly mutation level restriction removed. Later this month a major patch will be released for SCII that unlocks more content for free users that was previously only available to owners of Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm or Legacy of the Void.

Further details can be found over on the official StarCraft 2 site. After all, Dota 2 and League of Legends are both free-to-play (as is Blizzard's own Heroes of the Storm), and those are doing pretty well for themselves.

The game was really divided into three episodes, each focusing on one of the three playable races (Human, Zerg, and Protoss - but you knew that), and only the first (the human one) will be available for free. Existing players should log in between November 8th and December 8th to claim the free content.

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.

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StarCraft II remains as one of the biggest, most successful, and most popular RTS games on the market.

StarCraft is a big part of BlizzCon, but also present at the annual event are Blizzard's other franchises, such as Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Overwatch. This also includes all units from the expansion campaigns.

Those that have already purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, will receive a "small thank-you in the form of an exclusive Ghost skin as well as three new portraits" from Blizzard.

Players have to keep in mind that they will need to unlock that mode first by gaining 10 "First Wins of the Day" in unranked games or against the computer.


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