In a surprising opening move for Blizzcon 2017, Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Starcraft II is going free-to-play. The shift will happen on November 14, giving players free access to the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign. Players will also get every co-op commander and be able to unlock competitive multiplayer for free.
Those who already own Wings of Liberty will get access to the Heart of the Swarm campaign for free. You have to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim that upgrade though. If you purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, you'll get an exclusive Ghost skin.
Ranked multiplayer is unlocked by getting 10 First Wins of the Day in Unranked or Versus A.I. play. Co-op commanders are freely playable up to level five, with Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis remaining completely free.
The rest of the campaigns-Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops- will be available for purchase for $14.99 each, or $39.99 in a bundle.
"We will also continue to offer premium upgrades like announcer packs, special skins, and new Co-op Commanders to enhance your StarCraft II experience in a number of different ways," says Blizzard.