StarCraft II will soon be free-to-play

The biggest real-time strategy game of the decade is going free-to-play on November 14. Make sure to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it.

Also at no cost, players will get access to the ranked multiplayer ladder to compete with other StarCraft II players and use any of the units from Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm or the newer Legacy of the Void expansions.

The move to make the game free to play comes after Blizzard a year ago partnered with Google to allow the Web giant's DeepMind's artificial intelligence and machine-learning researchers to use Wings of Liberty for research. Players will gain access after achieving 10 "first win of the day" achievements, something that Blizzard have explained will mean the Ranked mode isn't flooded with rookie players or smurf accounts. Choose from iconic characters like Alarak and Nova who break the rules of StarCraft II and provide gameplay that can suits your style. With it, you'll be able to access ranked multiplayer, and play with the now available Co-op Commanders, including Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis.

The game, originally released in 2010, will be going free-to-play starting on November 14, although some aspects will remain premium only. Company CEO Mike Morhaime announced today regarding the game and its free-to-play version compatibility. If you purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, you'll get an exclusive Ghost skin. That feedback also came from Blizzard's esports partners, who would understandably want to see some fresh blood playing StarCraft 2. This is our way to preserve the quality and integrity of the ranked experience.

The game was really divided into three episodes, each focusing on one of the three playable races (Human, Zerg, and Protoss - but you knew that), and only the first (the human one) will be available for free.

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