StarCraft 2 Goes Free-To-Play, Includes Campaign and Unlockable Ranked Mode
Blizzard has announced a Starcraft 2 free-to-play version at BlizzCon this year, so there’s never been a better time to try and get in on one of the most definitive RTS games of the last decade. This method of Starcraft 2 nets you one of the game’s three campaigns, and more besides.
Alongside being able to play through the entirety of Wings of Liberty, the game will also get you a limited number of online modes (Unranked and vs AI mainly, but you unlock Rank if you win ten times against the AI) and three multiplayer commanders (Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis). If you already own Wings of Liberty, you’ll be getting Heart of the Swarm, the second campaign in the trilogy, for free.
Along with all of the content you get when first buying the game, subsequent campaigns (Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and the Nova Covert Ops) will all be available for $15, but you can buy them in a bundle for $40. In addition to the Starcraft 2 free-to-play mode, Blizzard will be adding in more premium content that you can buy. These include things like announcer voices, skins, and new Co-Op commanders (who will all be free until you hit Level 5.)
This increased accessibility to Starcraft 2 might make it so that gamers that somehow haven’t played Starcraft 2 yet might finally be motivated to play it, especially since they can get a campaign for free and get the other games for reduced prices. While Starcraft has likely come to an end with the defeat of Amon and the resurgence of the Protoss, and the beginning of a new era to the Terran Dominion, you can still play it and experience the masterful story for yourself.
The Starcraft 2 free-to-play model will become available on November 14, exclusively on the PC and the Mac computer.