Blizzard tossed the RTS community an awesome bone this week by lifting even more restrictions on their Starcraft II Starter Edition. Aside from providing the first five missions within the single player campaign and even allowing some multiplayer options, the highly modifiable Arcade and all of it’s user made maps, mods and games within the starter is now completely free-to-play.

Arcade has come a long way from it’s initial release, giving players the liberty to create not only new mods and campaigns, but even completely new games themselves. Users who are more about the framework than the strategy can freely take advantage of a world editor that configures terrain, UI, AI and objectives; there is even a specific editor for cut scenes dedicated to all the potential film makers looking to walk the red carpet in the Battlenet realm.

So if you are an aspiring game developer, enjoy yourself a good mod or two, or maybe just want to take advantage of an unconditional opportunity, make sure and check out all the possibilities in StarCraft II Arcade.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. Still wish they’d make warcraft 3 free and start work on a fourth. I always preferred those to starcraft since the games take a less serious tone but we may still see this and maybe even wow turn free with the hopeful success of hearthstone. Biggest issue keeping me from going back to wow for a while is their frustrating account security policies, I refuse to pay them after having to jump through hoops for three months to recover my battle net account tied to my wow beta account and diablo 2, 3 and starcraft 2 when they had a security leak and locked me out. Due to their own greed requiring players to purchase key generators to protect accounts it made it a painstaking process just to gain access to my account when some idiots decided to break into their servers and feed off account data. Even with my game account being pretty much empty of items after i stopped playing last time my account had been on the compromised list and i no longer had the credit card associated so i had to deal with all kinds of crap just because i didn’t pay the extra 30 bucks for a plastic key generator that should be free to anyone who pays them every month. They’ve gotten as bad as squareenix with stuff like this over the years. Hoping they will sort some stuff out and renew my faith in them a bit.

  2. If I knew that this was going to happen then I would of never bought StarCraft II in the first place. Oh well, at least I can play with more friends now.


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