Blizzard will make StarCraft II free-to-play this month

Alyssa Bailey
November 4, 2017

Blizzard is also giving away the game's online ranked multiplayer mode for free.

Starting on November 14th, everyone can download StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for free. With its following on the decline, this recent news should introduce a new wave of players to the title. Co-op commanders are freely playable up to level five, with Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis remaining completely free. Log in between November 8 and December 8 and Blizzard will give you Heart of the Swarm, the zerg-centric second part, for your trouble. On top of that, Blizzard is offering gamers the chance to unlock StarCraft II's competitive multiplayer content available for free.

If you're done with Wings of Liberty and want more single-player goodness, all of the other single-player campaigns (Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops) will be available to purchase individually for $14.99 or as a bundle for $39.99. The news was formally announced by Blizzard during the 2017 Blizzcon opening ceremonies. In the seven years since it released in 2010, StarCraft II has awarded over $11M in prizes to competitors.

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Let us know if you'll be hopping on StarCraft 2 in the comments! The original Wings of Liberty single-player campaign and every Co-op Commander will be accessible for free.

For those of you who have already purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, we'll soon be sending you a small thank-you in the form of an exclusive Ghost skin as well as three new portraits. 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.

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