StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty going free-to-play; Details

Isaac Cain
November 4, 2017

Blizzard will also be making changes to co-op. Of course there's a catch, but nothing nefarious. Already own Wings of Liberty? Make sure to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it.

StarCraft II is one of the highest-rated PC games of all time, and we're excited to give even more people around the world a chance to find out why it has inspired such a passionate global community. In the seven years since it released in 2010, StarCraft II has awarded over $11M in prizes to competitors.

The announcement came at Blizzard's annual Blizzcon in Anaheim, a video game convention held by the company for its major franchises Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. Co-op commanders are freely playable up to level five, with Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis remaining completely free.

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The solo campaign for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will continue the epic saga where it left off in StarCraft: Brood War.

Players who wish to experience later chapters in the StarCraft II story can purchase the additional single-player campaigns, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void (£12.99 each), as well as Nova Covert Ops (£11.99), individually or together in the Campaign Collection (£34.99) through the online Blizzard Shop. 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. If you already own Wings of Liberty, Morhaime says you can get the expansion pack, Heart of the Swarm, free instead. The entire first single-player campaign and all the multiplayer modes for zero dollars is a pretty good deal. Those with a desire for competition can unlock the ranked ladder for free simply by playing and winning games.

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