Great News for RTS Fans: Starcraft 2 Will Be Free to Play

Great News for RTS Fans: Starcraft 2 Will Be Free to Play

Starcraft 2 is where I spent a lot of my middle school years. So when I heard that anyone can get Starcraft 2 for free, I was ecstatic! Blizzard has announced that Starcraft 2 will be available free to play starting November 14. So what does that mean?

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You Can Get the Entire Base Starcraft 2 For Free

In the past, Starcraft 2 had a free edition which allowed limited multiplayer play, coop missions, and access to the arcade. With this recent announcement, everything from the original campaign to ranked ladder will be free.  More specifically these features include:

  • The Wings of Liberty campaign. Wings of Liberty is the original Starcraft 2 campaign. It’s an interesting take on Starcraft with fun little twists. You can choose what special upgrades you get for your army. These choices lead to great replayability as you can go down a different upgrade path if you decide to play again. Each mission is full of flavor each with its unique objectives. Personally, my favorite mission was In Utter Darkness where I had to hold out for as long as possible against an endless wave of zerg. Here’s a cool video I found of someone going for a record amount of zerg kills.
  • Access to the ranked multiplayer ladder. Now you can play Starcraft 2 competitively for free! It even includes all the units from the most recent expansion, Legacy of the Void! There is one catch though. Make sure you get ten First Wins of the Day in Unranked or Vs AI to unlock the ranked mode.
  • Current and upcoming Co-op Commanders. Honestly, this is why I have been coming back to Starcraft 2 every so often. It provides a relaxing, one-off mission that you can complete with a friend. It’s like playing the campaign with the bonus of being able to play with a friend! You will be able to play as any commander up until you reach level five with that commander. However, Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will be entirely free for all levels.
What If I Already Bought Starcraft 2?

Well, you’re in luck! Blizzard announced that anyone who has bought Starcraft 2 will get the Heart of the Swarm expansion for free!

Conclusion

This is a fantastic decision which benefits all gamers. Everyone should take a look at Starcraft 2 as it is a very enjoyable and compelling game. It’s great that Blizzard is continuing its trend of making games free to play.

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