At Blizzcon earlier this month, the publisher announced that StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty would be turning into a free to play game. While you'll get the full Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, you won't be getting any of the others, particularly Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops, which will hold you back by $14.99 a pop or $39.99 if they're bundled together.
Starting November 14th, the hugely popular real-time strategy game is free to be downloaded and played all the way to the entirety of the campaign mode, Wings of Liberty.
If you've never played StarCraft II, you really need to check this out, unless you truly detest strategy games.
Aside from the excellent Wings of Liberty campaign, the other big thing here is free access to the ranked multiplayer ladder.
If you already own Wings of Liberty, you'll receive the Heart of the Swarm add-on. Will you jump in now that the base game is free?
Access to the ranked ladder will become available after earning 10 "first wins of the day" in Unranked or after any purchase of expansion content. Co-op commanders also have a max level of 5 in the F2P model, with the exception of Raynor, Kerrigan and Artanis. If you already have one, great.
Blizzard has also introduced a "welcome" experience for newbie players with version 4.0 of StarCraft II, which allows you to select your level of RTS experience, with more guidance and introductory videos on hand for true novices. Otherwise, you're going to need to sign up for one via Blizzard's registration page. You will be asked for email verification, though strictly speaking it's not mandatory. Scroll down and look for StarCraft II.
Don't be surprised if you have a little difficulty getting connected at first, or if the software produces a few odd error messages - both of which happened to me along the way. Incidentally, the new Commander Han and Horner, which is a team made up of Mira Han and Matt Horner, are also making their debut at the same time as the free-to-play launch.
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