StarCraft II will be free to play starting November 14

Lynne Hanson
November 4, 2017

Now, the entirety of this aforementioned campaign can be played free of charge. For a limited time, players who already own Wings of Liberty (as of October 31, 2017) but have not yet purchased Heart of the Swarm will be able to get the latter campaign free by logging in to the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app and claiming their free Heart of the Swarm gift between November 8th and December 8th, 2017. Future Co-op Commanders will also be released for free until they reach level 5. All you have to do to unlock it permanently is earn 10 First Wins of the Day in Unranked or Versus A.I. play.

It's a smart move by Blizzard - few people are buying full copies of StarCraft 2 and its expansions these days, and this is a good way to onboard new players who just never wanted to pay full price to find out if they liked it.

StarCraft II remains as one of the biggest, most successful, and most popular RTS games on the market.

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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. Following its worldwide success, the publisher made the announcement as a part of its annual BlizzCon conference, with the title now on track for free-to-play debut on November 14. All competitive multiplayer content will also be unlocked for free. In the seven years since it released in 2010, StarCraft II has awarded over $11M in prizes to competitors.

If you enjoy what you see in StarCraft II, you can grab Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops individually for $14.99 or as a bundle for $39.99. In addition, Blizzard announced a new pair of Co-Op Commanders - Mira Han and Matt Horner. 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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