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StarCraft II Going Free to Play This Month

StarCraft II Going Free to Play This Month

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that one of its biggest strategy titles, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, is going free to play later this month. "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".

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. While Wings of Liberty will go free on the 14th, players will still have to pay to access the other installments.

Further details can be found over on the official StarCraft 2 site. Blizzard revealed the new business model for StarCraft 2 on-stage at BlizzCon, where it followed up with some quick reassurances for fans: no, this doesn't mean you'll need to start buying Vespene Gas crates from the microtransaction store to spawn units. The players of the game has to unlock this feature by achieving 10 "First Wins of the Day". If you have already bought any of those, then you'll soon be receiving an exclusive Ghost skin and three new portrait options.

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.

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It's a smart move, and free access to ranked multiplayer could be a boon for the StarCraft eSports scene. Wings of Liberty, the first chapter of the epic sci-fi saga, is now free. This ensures that the quality and integrity of the ranked experience is intact.

It's also a substantial chunk of singleplayer content for players that might want to try it out.

Those whowish to experience later chapters in the StarCraft II story can purchase the additional single-player campaigns, Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops, individually ($14.99 United States dollars each) or together in the Campaign Collection ($39.99) through the online Blizzard Shop.


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