3:25pm PT by Patrick Shanley
'StarCraft II' Will Soon Be Available to Play for Free
Blizzard Entertainment announced Friday that its real-time strategy game StarCraft II will be free-to-play beginning Nov. 14.
Players will get free access to the single-player "Wings of Liberty" campaign, as well as multiplayer competition, which includes all the latest units and balance updates through the latest release in the series ("Legacy of the Void"). The co-op mode, "Co-Op Commanders," will also be playable for free.
Players who already owned any version of StarCraft II prior to Oct. 31 will receive a special Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating their founder’s status in the game when StarCraft II goes free-to-play.
The announcement came at Blizzard's annual Blizzcon in Anaheim, a video game convention held by the company for its major franchises Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. StarCraft II is the fastest-selling real-time strategy game of all time and is still widely played seven years after its initial release in 2010.
Blizzard has done similar promotions before, including multiple free weekends of play for their popular first-person shooter Overwatch.
StarCraft II has sold millions of copies worldwide and is available for PC.