Starcraft II is undergoing potentially its biggest change since its 2010 launch as it goes free-to-play from November 14, Blizzard announced at – you guessed it – Blizzcon over the weekend.
The announcement means that the entire base game including the first of Starcraft 2's three single player story campaigns Wings of Liberty will have no price tag attached to them. Meanwhile Unranked and Versus AI modes will also be unlocked, with access to Ranked modes being granted after the first ten wins of the day in the former two. As for co-op commander missions, all commanders will be free-to-play up to level 5 with Kerrigan, Artanis and Raynor available for uncapped progression beyond that.
As a thank you to existing players, those who already owned the game before October 31 2017 will get themselves three portraits and an Eidolon Ghost skin. In addition, those that already owned Wings of Liberty will also be eligible for a free copy of the second story campaign – Heart of the Swarm – for free should they log in between November 8 and December 8.
More information can be found on the Starcraft 2 website.