StarCraft 2 goes free to play later this month


StarCraft II was one of the biggest games of 2010, no doubt, although not everyone was pleased by the fact that game makers Blizzard decided to split the game into three separate instalments.

The first of these was StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (which came out in 2010), the single player campaign of which focused on one of the game’s playable races (the Terrans). The later StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm featured a campaign for the Zerg faction, and the final instalment, 2015’s Legacy of the Void, concluded the game’s story with a single player campaign focused on the Protoss faction.

And those yet to try StarCraft II will surely be pleased to know that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will be available for free from November 14, giving you a chance to play through the game’s campaign and also give the multiplayer a go too.

Of course, this is something that won’t please those who recently paid for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, and thankfully those people will get StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm free of charge as compensation (you need to login into Blizzard’s online platform between November 8 and December 8 to claim it as Blizzard explains on its website).

This is not the first StarCraft game that goes free to play this year, as Blizzard also released the original StarCraft game free of charge in April, before putting out a remastered edition last summer.

It remains to be seen though, whether Blizzard plans to monetize StarCraft II in other ways now that the game is free to play (via microtransactions or those infamous loot boxes, for instance), something that might not please StarCraft II fans so much.

Nonetheless, it’s still a good thing that StarCraft II is now available for free, letting more players dive into what many consider one of the best real-time strategy games ever made.