Starting today, players can pick up the award-winning Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty for the low, low price of free.
If you're wondering if there are strings attached to the announcement, it appears there are not. Here are a few things you should know, followed by instructions on registering for and downloading the game. It is the first episode in the SC2 trilogy.
Finally, if you already own Wings of Liberty, you can get a free digital copy of the expansion pack Heart of the Swarm - though have only until December 8 to obtain that. It's zerg-focused and is the second episode.
Starcraft II is available for both Windows and Mac, but before you can get it, you'll need a Blizzard Battle.net account.
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Players will get access to the first campaign, the ranked ladder and the highly popular co-op mode. You will also gain access to all three episodes' units.
Meanwhile, you can play co-op mode, with free co-op commanders up to level 5 - and that includes Terran commander combo Mira Han and Matt Horner, who are debuting today as part of the free-to-play launch. You'll be able to tackle these extra challenging missions with your friends right away. That said, you can use Kerrigan, Raynor and Artanis for free indefinitely with no level cap.
Don't be surprised if you have a little difficulty getting connected at first, or if the software produces a few unusual error messages - both of which happened to me along the way.
While Wings of Liberty is now free for everyone, players can still purchase all of StarCraft II's subsequent campaigns-Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops-for $15 each. There is also a bundle for $40.
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A new onboarding experience will also help new players find the game modes that make the most sense for them, whether you're looking for a co-op experience or want to jump straight into the PVP ranked ladder.
Lastly, if you own all three episodes, you'll be sent a small thank-you gift of a new Ghost skin as well as three new portraits.
You can learn all of the details on the official site.
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