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StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play

Blizzard announced today at BlizzCon that StarCraft II is going free-to-play, offering unfettered access to their real-time strategy sequel. The StarCraft II website has details, saying this begins on November 14th. Here's an overview trailer and here are some details:

Starting November 14, you’ll have free access to the original Wings of Liberty single-player campaign and every Co-op Commander, and will be able to unlock access to StarCraft II’s competitive multiplayer content for free. Here is a specific rundown of everything that will be available to you for free:

  • 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.

In other words, you can now play all of StarCraft II’s multiplayer, every Co-op Commander, and the entire first campaign in the single-player story, for free.

If you play through Wings of Liberty and want to see how the rest of the epic single-player saga unfolds, all the other single-player campaigns—Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops will be available to purchase individually for $14.99 or as a bundle for $39.99. We will also continue to offer premium upgrades like announcer packs, special skins, and new Co-op Commanders to enhance your StarCraft II experience in a number of different ways. 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. You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire.

For those of you who have already purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, we’ll soon be sending you a small thank-you in the form of an exclusive Ghost skin as well as three new portraits.

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13. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 15, 2017, 22:07 crypto
 
Xero wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 22:02:
This isn't a bad thing. I got all 3 collector editions and I'm not sour.

The game is aging and quite frankly, if nobody is paying for it full price anymore, why not come up with a better strategy to make $$$ off of it?

I got my money worth for the time the game was released. You can't compare then to now. Now doesn't compare to then.
And you get the first expansion for free now(but you probably already had it, so..).

What I don't get is the fact that I bought this game on release and played it on my rig that my ex got(I got the kid so thats cool). I didn't have much time for gaming so I bought a PS4 and a desktop for internety things and vids, and a laptop for business. I decided to revisit this expansion/game but it runs like crap on all my hardware. I thought this game was touted to be able to run on anything back in the day and now my more modern stuff chops out to unusable Windows 10?
 
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12. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 22:02 Xero
 
This isn't a bad thing. I got all 3 collector editions and I'm not sour.

The game is aging and quite frankly, if nobody is paying for it full price anymore, why not come up with a better strategy to make $$$ off of it?

I got my money worth for the time the game was released. You can't compare then to now. Now doesn't compare to then.
 
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11. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 19:43 Mr. Tact
 
So, now it will be free to play... can I play it on a LAN without an Internet connection yet? (not really serious, but had to say it)  
Truth is brutal. Prepare for pain.
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10. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 19:01 Total-Khaos
 
DavidM wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 16:14:
El Pit wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 15:26:
...and all customers who bought it will get their money back.

Right? RIGHT?!

Pfft you got to play it seven years before all the freeloaders

So...basically a paid 7-year beta? Bwhahaha!
 
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9. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 18:12 El Pit
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 17:28:
El Pit wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 15:26:
...and all customers who bought it will get their money back.

Right? RIGHT?!

If you can figure out how to exchange all the hours you spent playing over the past 7 years, sure. Otherwise, it's like someone that saw a movie in theaters asking for their money back when it hits network TV 2 years later.

Stop making sense, please! You are disturbing my tantrum!

So, in exchange for SCII free for all I would accept a WoW Classic free for all. But I get... nothing. No, I get the short end of the stick.

Bad Blizzard! Bad bad bad!

 
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8. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 17:28 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 15:26:
...and all customers who bought it will get their money back.

Right? RIGHT?!

If you can figure out how to exchange all the hours you spent playing over the past 7 years, sure. Otherwise, it's like someone that saw a movie in theaters asking for their money back when it hits network TV 2 years later.
 
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7. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 17:26 Slick
 
The Terran campaign ("Wings of freedom" I think) was by far the best.  
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6. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 17:19 Rhett
 
The campaigns and the co-op are quite awesome. The campaign, even if only the free one, is worth trying.

Had a bunch of fun with the co-op despite not being a very good RTS player.
 
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5. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 16:14 DavidM
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 15:26:
...and all customers who bought it will get their money back.

Right? RIGHT?!

Pfft you got to play it seven years before all the freeloaders
 
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4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 3, 2017, 15:55 Mordecai Walfish
 
Looking forward to trying out the single player and some co-op maybe, always wanted to give this one a try. Thanks Blizz!  
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3. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 15:50 CJ_Parker
 
OK. That's it. Starcraft Remastered was my final ever Blizztard purchase. Dem fuckheads.  
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2. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 15:36 SpectralMeat
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 15:26:
...and all customers who bought it will get their money back.

Right? RIGHT?!
You'll get a ghost skin and 3 portraits!
What else do you want?

/s
 
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1. Re: StarCraft II Going Free-to-Play Nov 3, 2017, 15:26 El Pit
 
...and all customers who bought it will get their money back.

Right? RIGHT?!
 
They're waiting for you, Gabe, in the test chamber!
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