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StarCraft II goes free-to-play next month

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Ask any real-time strategy fan, and they will probably tell you that the StarCraft franchise has been one of the most influential titles to the genre since its release.

Having already millions of players, StarCraft II is about to add a whole lot more as Blizzard announced that on 14 November the hugely-popular title will be made available for free.

By going free-to-play, gamers will get access to the full Wings of Liberty campaign and the elite multiplayer competition of StarCraft II's ranked ladder.

"StarCraft II is one of the highest-rated PC games of all time, and we're excited to give even more people around the world a chance to find out why it has inspired such a passionate global community," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, in a press statement.

"With the massive Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, endlessly replayable co-op mode, prestigious ranked ladder, comprehensive map-making tools, and more, StarCraft II now delivers the ultimate real-time strategy experience completely free."

If you want to delve a little bit deeper into StarCraft II story, players will be able to purchase the additional single-player campaigns Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops for $14.99 each. There is also a Campaign Collection for $40, which bundles them all together.

If you already own Wings of Liberty, you will be able to get Heart of the Swarm for free by logging in to the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app and claiming the free Heart of the Swarm gift between November 8 and December 8, 2017.

But wait... there is more.

"As a thank-you to the dedicated StarCraft II player community, those who already own any version of StarCraft II prior to October 31, 2017 will receive a special Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating their founder's status in the game after StarCraft II goes free starting on November 14," Blizzard announced. 

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