BlizzCon 2017 | StarCraft 2 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. If you have already purchased this game in the past, as a return gift, you will get Heart of the Swarm game for absolutely free of cost.

Blizzard also revealed a new StarCraft II co-op commander, which is actually two commanders in one. With it, you'll be able to access ranked multiplayer, and play with the now available Co-op Commanders, including Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis.

Blizzard has done similar promotions before, including multiple free weekends of play for their popular first person shooter Overwatch.

This free-to-play change will likely be the most significant step in preserving StarCraft 2's relevance yet.

Access Unranked and Versus AI for free; unlock Ranked with 10 first wins of the day in Unranked or Versus AI.

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Happy to see StarCraft II go free-to-play? But, that deal is only available from November 8th to December 8th.

Been meaning to try out StarCraft II for the past seven years?

Beginning November 14, players around the world will get free access to the full award-winning Wings of Liberty campaign and the elite multiplayer competition of StarCraft II's ranked ladder, including all the latest units and balance updates through the latest release in the series, Legacy of the Void.

Those who already own the main game will be gifted the Heart of the Swarm expansion. Previous to the upcoming patch the free version of SCII, called Starter Edition, was limited to the Terran faction only and with a small selection of multiplayer maps. The Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, andArtanis will remain completely free, meaning that you can keep leveling them to your heart's content. Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void and Nova Covert Ops games from the publisher will be available at $14.99 each, which is the original base price for this game.