Your gaming-related social media feed is likely already buzzing with the sound of Zerg, so consider us as just adding to the chorus. If you’re otherwise somehow not familiar, StarCraft 2 free to play is now officially live, making the classic sci-fi RTS even more widely available than before.
StarCraft 2’s free-to-play model appears to be pretty wide open, with the Wings of Liberty campaign and unranked and custom multiplayer modes immediately available to everyone. The Ranked Ladder will also be available for free provided you complete 10 “First Wins of the Day” in either Unranked or Versus AI modes.
Co-op play is also freely available for every Commander in the roster up to level 5 including the newly-arrived Mira Han and Matt Horner, while Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis can be played to max level for free. A new co-op mission, “Part and Parcel”, is also available with the free-to-play launch.
If you happen to be one of those players who still own Wings of Liberty as of October 31st, you’ll be granted a free digital copy of Heart of the Swarm if you log in between now and December 8th. Players who also picked up Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, or Nova Covert Ops before October 31st will also receive a unique Ghost skin and three new portraits.
The patch notes for the free release can be read here, info about Matt Horner and Mira Han can be found here, and of course an overview video from the free-to-play announcement on November 3rd can be seen below.
Naturally, we’re pretty excited that one of PC gaming’s defining titles is so freely open to everyone. Whether you’re an old diehard of the original game or completely new to the StarCraft universe, we hope that players have an awesome time.
Sources: press release, official site