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:
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
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.