StarCraft 2 unlocks free-to-play options, but it’s not completely free

First announced at BlizzCon earlier this month, StarCraft 2 is now free-to-play for anyone who would like to engage in Blizzard’s hit real-time strategy title.

This is free* with an asterisk, however; only the Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, all of its multiplayer content, and co-op commanders are included in this statement. The other three single-player campaigns have to be purchased separately**, although this comes with a double-asterisk to indicate that those who previously purchased Wings of Liberty can get Heart of the Swarm for free through December 8th.

Some players have noted that this isn’t technically the first time that StarCraft 2 offered a free-to-play option. The StarCraft 2 Arcade, which includes a fan-made MMO mod of the game, has cost nothing to use for quite some time now.

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kgptzac

If eSports are to be in Olympics, StarCraft 2, for its caliber, would feel strange not being free to play competitively…

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Michael

The difference is that SC2 before you could only play Arcade and with Wings of Liberty units. This version allows you to play with ALL units, with all players, in all modes. The only things you don’t get access to are the two campaigns after WoL. (If you did not already own WoL) I think that is a pretty reasonable ask. The game does not have a cash shop and you only can buy Co-op heroes ATM (not too many available, and only have to buy them to level them past 5)

The key thing is all of multiplayer is free: this was not a feature offered before. Before it was basically just Arcade. The game is primarily rooted in multiplayer so I would consider this completely free in the same sense that LOTRO is free but offers expansions at a cost.

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bladeddingo

So i got heart of the swarm because I already had WoL, if I play multiplayer I can get access to units added with the protoss campaign too, i just can’t play the actual protoss campaign?

if thats true, I might just try out multiplayer again.

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Armsbend

I’m not great at RTS games and havent played them seriously since Age of Empires Online (long time ago) but if anyone would like to give co-op a go add me! Armsbend#1362

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agemyth ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

StarCraft 2 is free and they have additional content to purchase. The only full experience free players may be missing out on is the ability to level up all coop commanders above level 5.

Otherwise that is one full campaign, custom games (arcade), and ranked and unranked ladders. The ladders are, I assume, are StarCraft 2’s main attraction for potential longtime players, so that is pretty much giving away the main thing imo.

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Dug From The Earth

Im a little pissed at this

I bought the original game, and Heart of the Swarm when they both came out. The only one i was missing was the protoss expansion (which sold for about 30)….

Now, my only option for getting that campaign, is to buy the SC2 Campaign Collection for 40 bucks. $10 more than what I used to be able to buy it for.

Thats a big FU to customers who have spent money.

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Michael

You can buy it in game for 30$ I believe.

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ChaosConstant

Have you tried buying it in-game under the Collection tab? I thought the same thing about the Nova Covert Ops pack, but it’s available in-game and not on the website now.
Still dumb that they make it harder to find.

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Sorenthaz

$60 for the digital edition, lol… and I already have the other two collector’s so I’d rather just go find a copy of the physical collector’s edition.

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