Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

StarCraft II goes free-to-play on November 14th

StarCraft II goes free-to-play on November 14th

It was only in April that Blizzard made the original StarCraft free to play, and now the company has done the same for its sequel. Of course there's a catch, but nothing nefarious.

If you already have Wings, you'll get a free copy of the game's first expansion, Heart of the Swarm. You have to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim that upgrade though.

All of the single player campaigns beyond Wings of Liberty (Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops) will be available on their own or in a $39.99 bundle. Does this mean we're getting StarCraft 2: Remastered?. probably not. Current players may not even notice the difference even as the game becomes substantially more approachable for new folks. But in a seeming effort to combat account abuse, players will first have to achieve 10 game-of-the-day victories in either the unranked ladder or against the game's AI, before they can access the multiplayer ladder. 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.

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The award-winning StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty story campaign is free in its entirety. On November 14, StarCraft 2 and the Wings of Liberty campaign will be free-to-play along with every co-op commander up through level five.

Anyone who has purchased any of the three campaigns will also be sent an email from Blizzard to say thanks and they will be handing out an "exclusive" Ghost skin as well as three new portraits. You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire.

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