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Why StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

Why StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

Blizzard's real-time strategy game (RTS) StarCraft II will be going 100% free-to-play, later this month. Purchase required to advance a Co-op Commander beyond level five-with the exception of Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis, which are free to play up to and beyond level five.

For those who wish to buy Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops, they will be available to purchase for $14.99 individually, or $39.99 as a pack.

"We feel like we've got a great game that we want more people to play, so taking away some of the barriers - primarily cost - to get into the game, we're hoping will really give a larger audience a chance to play StarCraft 2", said Tim Morten, the game director of StarCraft II. 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. After all, Dota 2 and League of Legends are both free-to-play (as is Blizzard's own Heroes of the Storm), and those are doing pretty well for themselves. Players will also get every co-op commander and be able to unlock competitive multiplayer for free. And for players who own all three?

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Blizzard made some big announcements at the BlizzCon 2017.

StarCraft II launched for PC in 2010. Existing players should log in between November 8th and December 8th to claim the free content. Units from Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void campaigns will appear in the ranked ladder.

Those who have been looking forward to playing this iteration of StarCraft just have to wait until November 14th now after which they will be able to play the game for free.

Online multiplayer will be accessible free of charge once unlocked, which happens after achieving 10 First Wins of the Day in either unranked or versus modes.

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