Starcraft II goes free-to-play today

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Those who are total newcomers to StarCraft 2 will receive the game's first campaign - the terran-focused Wings of Liberty - for free. Now, one of the publisher's most long-standing titles StarCraft II is free for gamers to download and play.

Ready to get started?

Ensure that your machine is running on Windows or Mac as other operating systems are not supported.

You can sign up for Battle.net via your Facebook account or a more traditional email/password setup. That's $15 that new players can save when downloading this free version of the game instead of paying for it. Scroll down and look for StarCraft II. The installer should automatically download after that.

If you're new to the game, ensure you have a BattleTag, which is basically your in-game username.

As an extra thank you to current Starcraft II players, you'll recieve a unique Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating founder status in the game.

To no one's surprise, it's not the whole package.

If you're looking to experience the more recent story chapters included in the expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void, you'll need to buy these seperately. On the other hand, characters like Raynor and Kerrigan are already available, along with Artanis, all of whom are not subject to the level cap. You can access the Ranked Multiplayer ladder by completing 10 "First Wins of the Day" in Unranked Multiplayer or Versus AI modes. Furthermore, they will also have access to the multiplayer units in Custom and Unranked games. All you have to do is log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it through the Battle.net client (there should be a little gift icon in the upper-right corner). While you'll get the full Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, you won't be getting any of the others, particularly Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops, which will hold you back by $14.99 a pop or $39.99 if they're bundled together.

The entire multiplayer ladder will also be free with this changeover.

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