StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play later this month

StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm    
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StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm Blizzard Entertainment

During his annual address to the community at BlizzCon, Mike Morhaime, the president of Blizzard Entertainment, announced that large portions of the real-time strategy game would be made available free of charge.

"We know "free-to-play" can mean a lot of things for different games, but we're here to assure you that when we say that we're making StarCraft II free-to-play, we really mean it", the company wrote in a blog post.

It's a smart move by Blizzard - few people are buying full copies of StarCraft 2 and its expansions these days, and this is a good way to onboard new players who just never wanted to pay full price to find out if they liked it. Co-op mode will be immediately accessible, though only Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will be unlocked for free; all the other commanders will still require purchases to upgrade past level 5.

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Been meaning to try out StarCraft II for the past seven years? This free-to-play change will likely be the most significant step in preserving StarCraft 2's relevance yet.

Wings of Liberty first launched back in 2010 and has since seen a keen following across the globe.

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Current and upcoming Co-op Commanders are available to play for free up to level five, and the level restriction for weekly mutations has been removed. Make sure to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it. If you purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, you'll get an exclusive Ghost skin.

Those who already own it Wings of Liberty will be handed Heart of the Storm for no additional cost. Those with a desire for competition can unlock the ranked ladder for free simply by playing and winning games.

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