A new trailer for Starcraft 2’s new free-to-play model has gone live, and it’s full of Blizzard Entertainment poking fun at EA and the huge controversy that’s sprung up over the Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s microtransactions and grinding model, mainly Blizzard pointing out how Starcraft really is free.
A number of different tweets on the official Starcraft Twitter page came out before the trailer did, all showing off how you don’t have to pay anything to play the entirety of the Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty campaign, or play as all of the different co-op commanders, and, above all, how there are no pay-to-win mechanics.
Starcraft 2 recently went free-to-play, allowing Blizzard fans who somehow haven’t played a Starcraft game the ability to play the game for free. if they already owned Wings of Liberty but have yet to download other campaigns, they would get the Heart of the Swarm campaign for free, though the third and final campaign, Legacy of the Void, would still have to be paid for.
In contrast, the reason we have Blizzard Entertainment poking fun at EA is because unlocking most of the content and heroes in Star Wars Battlefront 2 would take someone either 4,528 hours of grinding or $2100 of microtransactions in order to get everything, along with grinding for around 60 hours to unlock each hero in the game.
The controversy has been explosive ever since it was revealed, and EA’s attempt to explain itself earned the company the dubious honor of having the most-downvoted post on Reddit. While Blizzard also has its own microtransactions in the form of Overwatch’s lootboxes, all of those lootboxes are mainly emotes, skins, sprays, and a few voice lines, not things that are vital to playing the game.
If you’ve lost the desire to play Battlefront 2 in the face of this controversy, but haven’t played Starcraft 2 yet, you could see why we’re seeing Blizzard Entertainment poking fun at EA and pick up the free Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty campaign on PC.