Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime revealed during the company's annual BlizzCon convention on Friday that StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty is going free-to-play. Of course there's a catch, but nothing nefarious.
So what happens if you already own Wings of Liberty, you ask? Log in between November 8 and December 8 and Blizzard will give you Heart of the Swarm, the zerg-centric second part, for your trouble. Battle.net has been redesigned from the ground up to be the premier online gaming destination for Blizzard gamers, with several enhancements and new features, such as voice communication, cloud file storage, leagues and ladders, achievements, stat-tracking, and more. The Wings of Liberty campaign expansion will be entirely free, and if you already own it, then you will gain immediate access to the Heart of the Swarm campaign.
A majority of StarCraft 2's single-player and multiplayer modes will become accessible for free. Commanders Kerrigan, Raynor and Artanis will be completely free as well but all other commanders will only be free up to level five. Following its worldwide success, the publisher made the announcement as a part of its annual BlizzCon conference, with the title now on track for free-to-play debut on November 14.
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Ranked multiplayer is unlocked by getting 10 First Wins of the Day in Unranked or Versus A.I. play.
The award-winning StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty story campaign is free in its entirety.
For those who wish to buy Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops, they will be available to purchase for $14.99 individually, or $39.99 as a pack. Those with a desire for competition can unlock the ranked ladder for free simply by playing and winning games.