StarCraft II Going Free-To-Play Starting November 14

StarCraft 2 is going to be free to play later this year

Starcraft 2, one of the major games behind the current esports renaissance, will go free to play after more than half a decade on the market, Blizzard announced at BlizzCon earlier today. Often criticized for its lack of custom games and steep price-tag, the decision to make the game free-to-play after almost seven years seems to indicate that Blizzard may have taken some of this criticism to heart. 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.

The original Wings of Liberty campaign. Just be sure to log in sometime between November 8 and December 8 to claim it.

However, starting November 14th, everyone will get Wings of Liberty for free, which raises the question of what other Blizzard games can we expect to turn free-to-play soon.

If you haven't been paying attention to the StarCraft world lately, it may be easy to think that StarCraft II - the game that came out seven years ago - may be winding down. Unlocking play in Ranked Mode will require you to earn 10 First Wins of the Day in either of the two modes that are already available to you. For everyone else, the Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void campaigns will be available to purchase for just $15 each. Several challenge-mode mini-games will also be included, with focused goals created to ease players into the basics of multiplayer strategies.

The shift will happen on November 14, giving players free access to the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign. Blizzard will still continue to offer premium upgrades and special skins as well. This also includes all units from the expansion campaigns. This ensures that the quality and integrity of the ranked experience is intact. As with the existing line-up of Co-op Commanders, however, you will be able to play upcoming new Co-op Commanders who are released for free until they reach level 5.

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