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

StarCraft 2 is going to be free to play later this year

If you already own Wings of Liberty, you'll receive the second installment in StarCraft II's campaign, the zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm, for free. Players will also enjoy expanded access to StarCraft II's highly popular co-op mode, with all Co-op Commanders playable for free.

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. What it means in this case is that the original release of StarCraft II, which included the Wings of Liberty campaign, is being given away entirely for free.

Access Unranked and Versus AI for free; unlock Ranked with 10 first wins of the day in Unranked or Versus AI. If you have purchased all three campaigns as of October 31, Blizzard will be sending you an exclusive Ghost skin and three new portraits, as a thank you.

Happy to see StarCraft II go free-to-play? Company CEO Mike Morhaime announced today regarding the game and its free-to-play version compatibility.

BlizzCon is an annual convention held by Blizzard Entertainment to promote its major franchises such as Warcraft, StarCraft, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.

The original Wings of Liberty campaign. Between an active community and expansion packs, the game grew to be one of the biggest names in eSports, however, Blizzard later shifted resources to other projects. StarCraft II is the fastest selling real-time strategy game of all time and is still widely played seven years after its initial release in 2010. You have to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim that upgrade though.

Of course, new players who get the game for free can also purchase the other two campaigns: Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void. This is good thinking, because if people can easily sign up for a free game, cheating and / or trolling is an inevitability (we're watching you, Google engineers!).