Today during BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard announced that StarCraft II will become a free-to-play game beginning this month.
The full StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign will be available for free, and if you already own that, you’ll be able to download StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm for free instead.
In addition, you’ll have access to the full ranked multiplayer ladder and every co-op commander in-game up to level 5. Playing multiplayer matches in their various incarnations will allow you to unlock the rest of the multiplayer ladders beyond that, so the more you play, the more you’ll be able to play when it comes to multiplayer matches.
StarCraft 2 is going Free to Play!
Campaign: Wings of Liberty Free
Commanders: Free to lvl 5
Ranked: Free Unlock
— StarCraft (@StarCraft) November 3, 2017
If you end up playing through both Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm and want to see more, you can purchase all of the other single-player campaigns for $39.99. You can also purchase them individually for $14.99 apiece.
Already buy one or more of the campaigns before Oct. 31? You’ll get a free Ghost skin and icon for your trouble, which isn’t a bad little bonus for supporting StarCraft II before the hype train started a-rollin’.
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