StarCraft 2 Will Be Free-To-Play Starting November 14th


Blizzard has announced during its BlizzCon conference that StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play starting November 14th. The free version of the game will provide players with access to the Wings of Liberty single-player campaign as well as every co-op commander up through level five. That’s not all. Blizzard is also making StarCraft 2’s online ranked competitive multiplayer available for free and players will be able to access units from all three StarCraft 2 releases.

Players have to keep in mind that they will need to unlock that mode first by gaining 10 “First Wins of the Day” in unranked games or against the computer. Blizzard says this is to preserve the quality and integrity of the ranked experience.

This isn’t the first time that Blizzard has made a StarCraft game free-to-play. Earlier this year, the company released the original StarCraft game for free as well.

Blizzard has also confirmed that players who already own Wings of Liberty will receive the second expansion for the game titled Heart of the Swarm for free.

Those who have been looking forward to playing this iteration of StarCraft just have to wait until November 14th now after which they will be able to play the game for free.

StarCraft 2 is going Free to Play!
Campaign: Wings of Liberty Free
Commanders: Free to lvl 5
Ranked: Free Unlock

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— StarCraft (@StarCraft) November 3, 2017

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Google To Use Blizzard’s StarCraft 2 To Train Its DeepMind AI

Last year Google and Blizzard announced a team up of sorts where Google wanted to see if its DeepMind AI was capable of learning and playing Blizzard’s StarCraft 2. It seemed like a bit of a novel idea, and now it looks like Google and Blizzard will be furthering their efforts with the launch of the StarCraft 2 API.

According to a post on Google’s DeepMind website, “Testing our agents in games that are not specifically designed for AI research, and where humans play well, is crucial to benchmark agent performance. That is why we, along with our partner Blizzard Entertainment, are excited to announce the release of SC2LE, a set of tools that we hope will accelerate AI research in the real-time strategy game StarCraft II.”

The StarCraft franchise from Blizzard is one of eSports’ most played competitive games. It even spawned an entire competitive community and culture in countries like South Korea. It might not seem like a particularly complex game on the surface, but it does involve quite a lot of action from gamers where they will need to successfully manage their units on a micro level, all the while building up their base, gathering resources, and upgrading. This does seem like a perfect training ground for the DeepMind AI.

As to why they chose StarCraft 2, Google writes, “Even StarCraft’s action space presents a challenge with a choice of more than 300 basic actions that can be taken. Contrast this with Atari games, which only have about 10 (e.g. up, down, left, right etc). On top of this, actions in StarCraft are hierarchical, can be modified and augmented, with many of them requiring a point on the screen. Even assuming a small screen size of 84×84 there are roughly 100 million possible actions available.”

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StarCraft 2’s War Chest Will Be Going Live This Week

One of the ways that Valve manages to get the prize pool of its The International DotA 2 tournament so high is through player contributions. Fans and players of the game can donate towards the overall prize pool, and at the same time they will be rewarded with certain items in game, thus making it feel a bit more worth it.

This is something that Blizzard is attempting to do with the StarCraft 2 eSports scene and back at BlizzCon 2016, the company announced the War Chest initiative. That being said, it seems that the War Chest feature is expected to go live later this week, where players can contribute money that will go towards supporting StarCraft 2 eSports.

According to Blizzard, “Each War Chest begins with a single unit skin and an exclusive portrait. Additional skins are divided into three phases, and can be unlocked by playing Multiplayer or Co-op matches during or after the corresponding phase, until by the end of the challenge you have a full set. Your initial purchase also grants awesome rewards in other Blizzard titles.”

Gamers who are interested can purchase individual race passes for $9.99 each, or if they’re so inclined they can purchase the entire collection for $24.99. Details about what the War Chest has to offer can be found on the StarCraft 2 website.

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StarCraft 2’s ‘Stukov’ Announced For Heroes Of The Storm

If you’re looking forward to seeing more heroes and characters introduced in Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm MOBA, you’ll be pleased to learn that the developer has recently announced a new character that will soon be finding his way into the game, and this comes in the form of Alexei Stukov, who might be familiar to those who played StarCraft 2.

The character was originally introduced in StarCraft: Brood Wars, but was featured more prominently in StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm where he was captured by the following a betrayal, and was experimented on, ultimately resurrected and infested where he ended up being some kind of human/Zerg hybrid, similar to Sarah Kerrigan.

One of the highlights of the character is his massive left arm which looks Zerg-like in nature, which also happens to come incredibly handy (pun intended) in Heroes of the Storm where one of his abilities is to use that arm to grab an enemy hero. That hero will then be pushed indefinitely until they hit a piece of terrain, so in theory if there was a clear path, you could push heroes from one end to the other.

This is useful when it comes to fighting enemies where you can push them away to help even out the fight. His other abilities include being able to inflict viruses on other players, as well as healing teammates. No word on when Stukov will be added into the main game, but he will be playable in the PTR next week.

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Blizzard Giving Away StarCraft 2 To Some Gamers For Free

StarCraft-2-Legacy-of-the-Void-TassadarThe first installment in the StarCraft 2 series was Wings of Liberty which launched way back in 2010. It was then followed by Heart of the Swarm and last but not least, Legacy of the Void. However could Blizzard be considering giving away the first installment in StarCraft 2? According to a post on Reddit, it certainly seems that way.

Blizzard has not announced anything yet but it seems that there are multiple reports of gamers who are receiving a free copy of StarCraft 2. This has led to speculation that maybe the first installment will soon be a free-to-play title, with gamers only having to purchase Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void if they wish to gain access to more content.

At the moment the giveaway seems to be random and it is unclear as to how one can be selected to receive a free copy of the game, or if Blizzard eventually plans on giving it away to all gamers who don’t already have a copy of it. Like we said Wings of Liberty was released back in 2010 which makes it pretty old as far as video games are concerned, and it is also understandable that not many people might be buying it anymore.

Plus with StarCraft’s current storyline coming to an end, it makes sense that Blizzard will want players to stay interested in the franchise for if and when the next title in the series will be launched. In the meantime have any of our readers received a copy of the game for free?

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Blizzard Celebrates Diablo’s 20th Anniversary Across Their Games

diablo-20-yearsWhile RPGs have been around way before computer games existed, it’s safe to say that with the introduction of Diablo, Blizzard pretty much changed the landscape of the action-RPG scene. For those who were too young to have played the original Diablo, you might be interested to learn that the franchise is now 20 years old.

To celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary, Blizzard has announced a slew of mini-events across their range of games that are related to Diablo. These mini-events can be found in games such as Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft, and clearly and obviously, Diablo 3.

The events will range and vary depending on what game you’re playing, although in some cases like StarCraft 2, it seems that Blizzard will just be giving gamers a Diablo-themed worker portrait. However in other games like World of Warcraft, it seems that players can look forward to a Sanctuary crossover which should give us a taste as to what a Diablo MMORPG would be like.

As for Diablo 3, players can look forward to re-living Diablo 1 within Diablo 3 itself via the “Darkening of Tristram” event which was announced at BlizzCon 2016. The event is expected to be an annual occurrence so if you miss out this year, there’s always next year.

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