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Blizzard is making StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty free-to-play

Blizzard is making StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty free-to-play

Well, you're finally out of excuses, as Blizzard has announced their venerable real-time strategy game will be going free-to-play later this month.

Free to play is here, bringing a wealth of options for new and returning StarCraft II players. While Wings of Liberty will go free on the 14th, players will still have to pay to access the other installments. Already own Wings of Liberty? Existing players should log in between November 8th and December 8th to claim the free content.

In addition, everyone will get access to the game's ranked ladder, as well as all the latest units and balance updates through the latest release in the series, Legacy of the Void.

If you haven't been paying attention to the StarCraft world lately, it may be easy to think that StarCraft II - the game that came out seven years ago - may be winding down.

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Further details can be found over on the official StarCraft 2 site. For everyone else, the Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void campaigns will be available to purchase for just $15 each. The words "free-to-play" has been bandied about by many gaming companies for a while that there are usually follow up questions regarding the catch involved. This is not the first time Blizzard has offered free games to the users. The Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, andArtanis will remain completely free, meaning that you can keep leveling them to your heart's content.

You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire. Players who already own all three campaign packs will receive a special thank you in the form of an exclusive Ghost skin plus three new portraits.

Morten said the team is introducing a new onboarding experience that helps guide new players to the mode that makes the most sense for them, whether that's the campaign, cooperative mode or competitive ladder matches.

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