StarCraft II Is Going Free-to-Play, Veterans Receive Special Gift

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In a surprising opening move for Blizzcon 2017, Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Starcraft II is going free-to-play.

Blizzard also announced a new co-op commander for the game, Han and Horner. In the seven years since it released in 2010, StarCraft II has awarded over $11M in prizes to competitors. The only requirement to unlock permanently is to earn 10 first wins of the day in Unranked or versus A.I. play. As Polygon reports, come November 14th, you'll have access to the entire narrative and if you already own that, you'll get the Protoss-themed Heart of the Swarm campaign for free. Users just need to log-in to Battle.net between November 8 and December 8 to claim it. As we noted in our review, hero Jim Raynor is "still fighting the good fight against the Dominion (a tyrannical human government) that rules the galaxy's outer planets with an iron fist". Of course, we'd have to ridicule you for having such thoughts, because this is Blizzard we're talking about, and its games have some true staying power.

Morten stressed that Blizzard isn't adding any secondary currencies or additional microtransactions to StarCraft 2 in order to support the game's new free-to-play model.

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Those looking to continue the StarCraft II story will be able to purchase Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops, individually or together as part of a Campaign Collection in the Blizzard Shop.

Starting 15 November, players will gain free access to the Wings of Liberty campaign alongside multiplayer modes (balanced by the Legacy of the Void release). Those with a desire for competition can unlock the ranked ladder for free simply by playing and winning games. This also includes all units from the expansion campaigns. If you have already bought any of those, then you'll soon be receiving an exclusive Ghost skin and three new portrait options.

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