Blizzard is making a 'StarCraft II' campaign free to play

Kelley Robertson
November 6, 2017

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime revealed during the company's annual BlizzCon convention on Friday that StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty is going free-to-play.

Those who already own Wings of Liberty will get access to the Heart of the Swarm campaign for free.

All of the current and upcoming co-op commanders will be free as well, as previously stated - although, those will only be available up to level five, with the exceptions of Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis, who are totally free and can be leveled indefinitely.

Meanwhile, "the Zerg (a primitive, but ruthless insect-like army) are now on the run as Terran (human) forces pick off their dwindling numbers-but little do the Terrans know that the Zerg are merely playing possum", we wrote of the game's storyline.

Morten stressed that Blizzard isn't adding any secondary currencies or additional microtransactions to StarCraft 2 in order to support the game's new free-to-play model.

The game, originally released in 2010, will be going free-to-play starting on November 14, although some aspects will remain premium only.

Don't worry, though: if you just want to play online, you'll have access to all units in ranked play once you have gotten 10 "first wins of the day" in other multiplayer modes - it's a sort of basic filter to keep out the riffraff. They are now making an early appearance at BlizzCon 2017 along with a new co-op mission called Part and Parcel. Choose from iconic characters like Alarak and Nova who break the rules of StarCraft II and provide gameplay that can suits your style. Additionally, players will be able to unlock access to StarCraft 2's multiplayer content for free. Make sure to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it. The multiplayer mode will enable gamers from around the world to compete against each other.

For those of use that already own StarCraft II or any version, we'll be getting a special Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating our founder's status.

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