Next week on November 14, the StarCraft II is going to be free to play. This is the second game from the StarCraft franchise to be free-to-play for all.
This announcement traces back to the happenings in BlizzCon 2017. Blizzard Entertainment developed StarCraft II and the game enjoyed seven years being live. Many strategic gamers like StarCraft II as it renders real-time strategies into the video game.
With the game being free to play, there are a lot of things you should expect. They will be detailed further below.
Accessible Ranked Matches
PC players will be able to play the entirety of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign mode for free. In addition, ranked matches are also accessible. However, you’ll have to earn your 10 “First Wins of the Day” in Unranked or AI to unlock the mode. In regards to this, Blizzard stated that by doing so, this would preserve the quality and integrity of the ranked experience.
Unlocking the Ranked ladder is not the hard since you only need to achieve your First Win per day. Thus, unlocking the game will take 10 straight gaming days. 10 days is not that long compared to the perks you’ll receive when the mode is unlocked.
Ranked gaming will be a great experience. Players will battle against other players on different levels that will prove to be quite challenging. In addition, it will also enhance your gaming instincts.
Other Things to Watch Out for StarCraft II
Blizzard also announced that the upcoming and current commanders would be free for all players. But there’s a catch. Players can only level them up until level 5. Thus, some commanders will be unusable the entire time unless you buy them. On the other hand, co-op commanders namely Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will remain free to play in the entirety of the game.
The StarCraft II is divided into three separate products. These are the terran, zerg and protoss campaign respectively. In fact, only the Terran campaign will be available for free for next week. The remaining two products are available for purchase. Zerg and Protoss campaigns are sold separately or by bundle at a price of $35. We suggest that you purchase the bundle to unlock the remaining multiplayer maps and modes.
In addition, a player who owns an existing copy of Wings of Liberty: The Terran Campaign will also be given the second expansion of the game for free. Blizzard stated that StarCraft II players who already have the WoL campaign would get the game’s Heart of the Swarm: The Zerg Campaign free. However, a player like you must log in and claim it before December 8, or it will be gone forevermore.