StarCraft II Will Be Free to Play Starting Nov. 14

Starcraft 2 will go free-to-play later this month

If you already own the base game, you will receive StarCraft II's second campaign, Heart of the Swarm, at no additional cost. Often criticized for its lack of custom games and steep price-tag, the decision to make the game free-to-play after almost seven years seems to indicate that Blizzard may have taken some of this criticism to heart.

If you download Wings of Liberty and want to grab the later expansions, you can buy them individually for $14.99 or together in the Campaign Collection for $39.99 through the online Blizzard Shop. Blizzard pulled the pricing for Wings of Liberty now that the game will go free to play later in November. This bundle also tosses in seven co-op Commanders, all multiplayer units, all multiplayer maps and modes, and a bonus hero. We're an esports website, so I'll not wax lyrical about it, but Starcraft II's singleplayer campaign is one of the best in the business and well worth the price of entry.

The game was really divided into three episodes, each focusing on one of the three playable races (Human, Zerg, and Protoss - but you knew that), and only the first (the human one) will be available for free. The news was formally announced by Blizzard during the 2017 Blizzcon opening ceremonies. Just be sure to log in sometime between November 8 and December 8 to claim it. As with the existing line-up of Co-op Commanders, however, you will be able to play upcoming new Co-op Commanders who are released for free until they reach level 5.

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You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire. However, the latter needs to be unlocked first by completing the "First Wins of the Day" achievement 10 times either against the computer or in unranked games.

For those of use that already own StarCraft II or any version, we'll be getting a special Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating our founder's status.

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