StarCraft II Is Going Free-to-Play, Veterans Receive Special Gift

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Often criticized for its lack of custom games and steep price-tag, the decision to make the game free-to-play after almost seven years seems to indicate that Blizzard may have taken some of this criticism to heart. The Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, andArtanis will remain completely free, meaning that you can keep leveling them to your heart's content.

The rest of the campaigns-Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops- will be available for purchase for $14.99 each, or $39.99 in a bundle.

Players who already owned any version of StarCraft II prior to October 31 will receive a special Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating their founder's status in the game when StarCraft II goes free-to-play. "It was very important to us that this be accomplished in a way that feels good to our current player base and also attractive to new players or lapsed players who haven't played since Wings of Liberty".

Access to the complete 12 hour "Wings of Liberty" campaign for all players.

With StarCraft II to become a free-to-play game soon, could the five-year-old Diablo III be the next on the list for Blizzard?

StarCraft 2 itself is a sci-fi space opera about three warring races facing an intergalactic threat, played as a real-time strategy game. But, that deal is only available from November 8th to December 8th. Units from Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void campaigns will appear in the ranked ladder. We're an esports website, so I'll not wax lyrical about it, but Starcraft II's singleplayer campaign is one of the best in the business and well worth the price of entry.

Those who have been looking forward to playing this iteration of StarCraft just have to wait until November 14th now after which they will be able to play the game for free.

StarCraft is a big part of BlizzCon, but also present at the annual event are Blizzard's other franchises, such as Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.