What’s this news about StarCraft II? How will it affect what I have now in the series?
At BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard revealed that one part of the trilogy of StarCraft II titles will be going free-to-play. Making it easier for many to jump into the franchise itself. Here’s the full press release:
“Beginning November 14, players around the world will get free access to the full award-winning Wings of Liberty® campaign and the elite multiplayer competition of StarCraft® II’s ranked ladder, including all the latest units and balance updates through the latest release in the series, Legacy of the Void™. Players will also enjoy expanded access to StarCraft II‘s highly popular co-op mode, with all Co-op Commanders playable for free.†
“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,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With the massive Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, endlessly replayable co-op mode, prestigious ranked ladder, comprehensive map-making tools, and more, StarCraft II now delivers the ultimate real-time strategy experience completely free.”
Those who wish to experience later chapters in the StarCraft II story can purchase the additional single-player campaigns, Heart of the Swarm®, Legacy of the Void®, and Nova Covert Ops®, individually ($14.99 USD each) or together in the Campaign Collection ($39.99) through the online Blizzard Shop. 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 8 and December 8, 2017.
As a thank-you to the dedicated StarCraft II player community, those who already own any version of StarCraft II prior to October 31, 2017 will receive a special Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating their founder’s status in the game after StarCraft II goes free starting on November 14.”