StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play

All sorts of good announcements are coming out of BlizzCon, one of those being the recent announcement of StarCraft II going free-to-play on November 14.

On November 14 players will have full access for free to Wings of Liberty’s single-player campaign, Co-op Commander and StarCraft II’s competitive multiplayer content for free. Here’s the full rundown straight from Blizzard:

  • The original Wings of Liberty campaign. Experience the original epic campaign that kicked off the StarCraft II saga! If you picked up Wings of Liberty previously but haven’t come back to StarCraft II in a while, we’ve got good news for you too—if you already own Wings of Liberty, you’ll receive the second installment in StarCraft II’s campaign, the zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm, for free. Make sure to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it.
  • You will be able to access the ranked multiplayer ladder to compete with other players to become the best of the best, complete with all of the multiplayer units from Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void. All you have to do to unlock it permanently is earn 10 First Wins of the Day in Unranked or Versus A.I. play—our way to preserve the quality and integrity of the ranked experience.
  • Current and upcoming Co-op Commanders are available to play for free up to level five, and the level restriction for weekly mutations has been removed. You’ll be able to tackle these extra challenging missions with your friends right away. The Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will remain completely free, meaning that you can keep leveling them to your heart’s content.

StarCraft II may be a few years old at this point, but how can you pass up something that’s free? If fans new or old like what they see, and want more from StarCraft II, all other singly-player campaigns ­— Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void and Nova Covert Ops will be available individually for 14.99 USD or as a bundle for 34.99 USD.

Blizzard will continually offer premium upgrades including, announcer packs, special skins and new Co-op Commanders to the StarCraft II experience.

It wouldn’t be Blizzard without the thanking of fans, as an added bonus those who have already purchased any of the three campaigns will be receiving a personal thank you with an exclusive Ghost skin and three new portraits. Read the full blog post here.