Starcraft 2's First Campaign, Wings of Liberty, is Going Free-to-Play

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Blizzard's real-time strategy game (RTS) StarCraft II will be going 100% free-to-play, later this month. Also, if you own Wings of Liberty already, you'll be granted Heart of the Swarm for free, but only if you claim it between Nov 8 - Dec 8.

In addition to revealing the free-to-play aspects of StarCraft II, Morhaime provided additional details about the latest additions to the game.

The first edition of StarCraft 2, Wings of Liberty, was released in 2010, and now, 7 years and two expansions later, it's going to be free to play.

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Meanwhile, "the Zerg (a primitive, but ruthless insect-like army) are now on the run as Terran (human) forces pick off their dwindling numbers-but little do the Terrans know that the Zerg are merely playing possum", we wrote of the game's storyline. After all, Dota 2 and League of Legends are both free-to-play (as is Blizzard's own Heroes of the Storm), and those are doing pretty well for themselves. 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. 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. We will also continue to offer premium upgrades like announcer packs, special skins, and new Co-op Commanders to enhance your StarCraft II experience in a number of different ways. Those who are not free players can also unlock the ranked ladder by purchasing any campaign or War Chest season. If you have already bought any of those, then you'll soon be receiving an exclusive Ghost skin and three new portrait options.

Online multiplayer will be accessible free of charge once unlocked, which happens after achieving 10 First Wins of the Day in either unranked or versus modes.