BlizzCon is off and running and the free-to-play news is already rolling…but not from the titles you’d consider as the usual suspects. StarCraft 2 will be joining the ranks of Blizzard’s free-to-play titles and it’ll happen in less than 2 weeks! On November 14th, StarCraft 2 will become free for anyone that wants to play.
While there’s likely to be a full details list coming soon, what we can confirm right now is that everyone will get access to the Wings of Liberty campaign..and we mean full access. Already have Wings of Liberty? Fine, Blizz will throw in Heart of the Swarm for those that already own Liberty. Additional single player campaigns will require a purchase (either individually or in a bundle) for those that wish to continue the single player campaigns beyond Liberty (or Heart of the Swarm for people who already own Liberty.)
On the competitive/multiplayer side of StarCraft 2, rank ladder and co-op modes will also be available to free players. Blizzard describes the free content as “you can now play all of StarCraft II’s multiplayer, every Co-op Commander, and the entire first campaign in the single-player story, for free.” StarCraft 2 will be monetized through cosmetic and Co-Op Commander sales, but free players will be able to play all existing and future Co-Op Commanders for free up to level 5.
Check out the newly updated StarCraft 2 website for all the details.