A number of Battle.net users have gotten a nice surprise when they logged onto Blizzard’s game client today, as they discovered that they had apparently been given a free copy of Starcraft 2 for what seems like no reason at all. While Blizzard apparently hasn’t offered an explanation, I doubt gamers would complain.
Starcraft is one of the most enduring pieces of Blizzard’s gaming library, alongside titles like World of Warcraft and, now, Overwatch. As one of the few remaining throwbacks to the base-building RTS that used to comprise most strategy games, Starcraft 2 wrapped up its story (and apparently, the entire series) in November 2015, with only the Nova Covert Ops left to continue the story of the Koprulu Sector.
While the free copy of Starcraft 2 does give players a good few hours of Starcraft content, it only includes the first installment of the game, Wings of Liberty, which focuses on the Terrans as Jim Raynor tries to defeat the zerg and de-infest Sarah Kerrigan in order to save the universe.
To continue the game and play the chapters focusing on the zerg and the protoss, players will have to purchase them through conventional means.
There’s also no inkling of exactly what the scheme is for being gifted a free copy of Starcraft 2, according to several players. Some have gotten the copies upon logging in, while others haven’t.
It may be related to playing extensively in other Blizzard games, such as playing hundreds of hours of World of Warcraft or opening up a lot of loot boxes in Overwatch, or it could just be entirely random, but even if it’s either deliberate or a glitch, it gives the people that got the free copy a chance to play one of the most enduring RTS titles out there.
For the rest of you, now that the story is basically finished, you can pick up Starcraft 2 for yourself on Battle.net.