StarCraft II Is Finally Going Free-To-Play Later This Month

Nichole Vega
November 4, 2017

On top of all this, you'll be able to play Co-Op Commanders - current and upcoming - for free up to level five, with the weekly mutation level restriction removed.

Earlier today at BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard Entertainment announced that their real-time strategy game StarCraft II will soon be free to play. Of course there's a catch, but nothing nefarious.

The move to make the game free to play comes after Blizzard a year ago partnered with Google to allow the Web giant's DeepMind's artificial intelligence and machine-learning researchers to use Wings of Liberty for research. Make sure to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it.

All of the single player campaigns beyond Wings of Liberty (Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops) will be available on their own or in a $39.99 bundle. Blizzard is a household name for most PC gamers with StarCraft II, Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch all topping "hours played" charts for millions of gamers both casually and competitively around the world. Unlocking play in Ranked Mode will require you to earn 10 First Wins of the Day in either of the two modes that are already available to you.

Starting on November 14th, everyone can download StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for free. You can also purchase them individually for $14.99 apiece.

A majority of StarCraft 2's single-player and multiplayer modes will become accessible for free. Kerrigan, Raynor, and Artanis will be completely free, and all other commanders will be free to use up to Level 5. You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire.

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