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StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch

The StarCraft II website now reflects the start of the free-to-play era for Blizzard's sci-fi RTS sequel. This covers the Wings of Liberty episode, and as noted this morning, Blizzard is giving owners of that campaign a free copy of Heart of the Swarm. And for those who enjoy seasoning their games with a bit of salt, Polygon notes a series of tweets from Blizzard poking fun at the controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront II progression. These patch notes cover changes implemented today, and this previous post discusses the free-to-play plan:

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 purchased Wings of Liberty prior to October 31, 2017, you’ll receive the second installment in StarCraft II’s campaign, the zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm, as a limited time offer from November 8 to December 8. Make sure to log in during that window 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.

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9. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 18:05 Slick
 
panbient wrote on Nov 15, 2017, 09:37:
MattyC wrote on Nov 15, 2017, 05:37:

What in the world did you grind to unlock co-op characters or missions? Do you mean abilities when you leveled them up? Even if that is the case you are pretty far off. With the first win of the day bonus that has been around forever now, leveling those is trivial.

You had to grind some kind of gem or crystal to unlock more heroes if you didn't own all 3 campaigns.

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8. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 09:46 Creston
 
They poked similar fun at ME3's ending, IIRC.

I like it.
 
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7. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 09:38 Snabel
 
http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/21173629/starcraft-ii-going-free-to-play-explained-11-3-2017

"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."

I guess they just haven't listed the individual campaigns yet. Maybe hoping to get a few extra buys of of the bundle first ..
 
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6. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 09:37 panbient
 
MattyC wrote on Nov 15, 2017, 05:37:

What in the world did you grind to unlock co-op characters or missions? Do you mean abilities when you leveled them up? Even if that is the case you are pretty far off. With the first win of the day bonus that has been around forever now, leveling those is trivial.

You had to grind some kind of gem or crystal to unlock more heroes if you didn't own all 3 campaigns.
 
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5. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 05:37 MattyC
 
Slick wrote on Nov 15, 2017, 04:34:
I like Blizzard's cheeky tweet about how their campaign is fully unlocked after 0 hours of grind, also all co-op missions are unlocked after 0 hours of grind.

When they're talking about a 5-year old game, which ABSOLUTELY had grind to unlock all of the co-op characters/missions.

What in the world did you grind to unlock co-op characters or missions? Do you mean abilities when you leveled them up? Even if that is the case you are pretty far off. With the first win of the day bonus that has been around forever now, leveling those is trivial.
 
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4. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 04:34 Slick
 
I like Blizzard's cheeky tweet about how their campaign is fully unlocked after 0 hours of grind, also all co-op missions are unlocked after 0 hours of grind.

When they're talking about a 5-year old game, which ABSOLUTELY had grind to unlock all of the co-op characters/missions.
 
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3. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 01:48 MattyC
 
Shock wrote on Nov 14, 2017, 22:00:
But now, since I own Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm, the only option for getting last campaign is to bu the whole thing, costing me more than it would have yesterday.

To be fair, they announced this some time ago. They didn't pull a switch since yesterday or anything.
 
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2. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 15, 2017, 00:55 eRe4s3r
 
Shock wrote on Nov 14, 2017, 22:00:
But now, since I own Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm, the only option for getting last campaign is to bu the whole thing, costing me more than it would have yesterday.

To be fair, if you still want the 3rd campaign you can buy it on keysites for around 20$ bit odd that blizzard is basically giving them the whole market for the 3rd expansion but whatever. Battlechest 2.0 30$ from a quick look... b.net is always more expensive, it's the "you buy on their site" premium

The blizzard store removed all campaign listings though.... all you can now buy is the campaign collection, for 40$ .. hehe

 
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1. Re: StarCraft II Free-to-Play Launch Nov 14, 2017, 22:00 Shock
 
But now, since I own Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm, the only option for getting last campaign is to bu the whole thing, costing me more than it would have yesterday.  
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