Starcraft II is going free to play. Now that you read that and got all excited we need to tell you that it’s not that simple, or it is? We’ll let you decide. We are talking about that Starcraft Starter Edition here, which has been update because of the Legacy of the Void release. The story is over, but it doesn’t mean that this has to be the end. If you are not sure about the Starcraft franchise and whether it is worth money or not, you can now hop in and establish a first impression.
The Starcraft franchise has been going on for almost 20 years and it has been a Blizzard game that dominated eSports for a very long time. But now that the story has ended, Blizzard is looking forward to familiarizing everyone with it, not just the target audience. The fact that Starcraft II is going free to play is also a technique to bring in more and more people. It is widely known that the eSport has not been doing too well lately, so Blizzard want to maintain their successful game.
So how exactly did the game go free to play? Well, you can now download the Starter Edition for free, but you cannot play the campaign or alone, for that matter. Instead, you can play the game with your friends and you also get the latest units added to your massive space war machine. The experience, although limited, should give you an accurate first impression whether this game is worth your money or not.
There is another side to this story as well, which makes it pretty obvious that Blizzard want you as a competitive player. The Starcraft experience is lived mostly through playing the game nowadays, since the stories are always up for grabbing on YouTube, so why would you want to give money on this thing? You can play with your friends, you have everything you need to play, what else is there to do? Oh, right. You can want to be a competitive player and enter the ladders. Fair enough.
But is it worth giving around $100 or more to enter the competitive ladder? Not really. You can basically pick up any free to play game on the internet and try to be as competitive as you want to be there, too, without having to give hundreds of dollars, so it is safe to assume that, even if Starcraft II has gone free to play, the public that it retained until now is the public it is going to stick with.
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