Published: Mon, November 06, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

BlizzCon 2017: StarCraft II Goes Free to Play, New Co-Op Commander Revealed

Those who are not free players can also unlock the ranked ladder by purchasing any campaign or War Chest season.

He added that taking away some of the barriers - primarily cost - will hopefully give a larger audience the chance to play StarCraft 2. Curious what that actually means? Even if we don't get these free games, Blizzard has lowered the barrier of entry for Starcraft 2, and we might soon see new faces in real-time strategy e-sports competitions that feature the game.

In addition to free access, everyone will also have full access to the StarCraft II ranked ladder. If you already own Wings of Liberty, the second installment Heart of the Swarm will be available for free. But, that deal is only available from November 8th to December 8th. The multiplayer mode will enable gamers from around the world to compete against each other.

F2P commanders can earn access the Ranked mode after earning 10 daily "First Win of the Day". Purchase required to advance a Co-op Commander beyond level five-with the exception of Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis, which are free to play up to and beyond level five. There's never been a better time to jump into StarCraft II, now free-to-play.

You'll still have to pay for the StarCraft II expansions Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops ($15 dollars each, of $40 for all three), but that's still a lot of free content! They are now making an early appearance at BlizzCon 2017 along with a new co-op mission called Part and Parcel.

Those who have been looking forward to playing this iteration of StarCraft just have to wait until November 14th now after which they will be able to play the game for free. This also includes all units from the expansion campaigns. If you purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, you'll get an exclusive Ghost skin.

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