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Starcraft 2 is now free to play!

Discussion in 'Latest Updates and News' started by Rufus, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. Rufus

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  2. Rufus

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    Galaxy editor is included! Will this start a new era for the Hive?

    Get excited people! :D
     
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    What does this exactly mean, what do we get too and what about the Galaxy editor ?
     
  4. Rufus

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    What do you mean?

    Galaxy editor? Check! :)
     
  5. Abovegame

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    I haven't played SC2 that much.Couple of custom games with MiniMage and Tank-Commander.Never opened the galaxy editor but i saw some videos that you can't use the content from the expansions only the base version.
     
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    I doubt that Starcraft II going free to play will start a new era for the Hive. Maybe now we can have contests more frequently for Starcraft II if anyone is interested in hosting them, but beyond that i don't see anything else changing.
    The true new era will begin when Warcraft IV is released! At least let me dream... :p
    I played Starcraft II before a lot, but lost interest at some time since a huge part of the game was locked and i simply couldn't buy it. I may give it another try now.
     
  7. deepstrasz

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    Not if they keep the editor the way it is (with no easy mode like the World Editor) and don't include a custom campaign section to the game as in The Frozen Throne.
    Doubtful if they follow the similar model StarCraft II has.

    @Rufus StarCraft II is made of three games. Which one are we talking about here? Wings of Liberty only (as the logo shows) or all three? If not all of them, what does the Galaxy Editor include?
     
  8. Rufus

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    I'm not too familiar with Starcraft, so I can't answer that yet. Whoever discovers it can share it here. :)
     
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    In the official Blizzard site it says and i quote:
    "you can now play all of StarCraft II’s multiplayer, every Co-op Commander, and the entire first campaign in the single-player story, for free."
     
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    What I get from scrolling down on the game's site is:
    SC2free2Play.jpg
     
  11. Shar Dundred

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    I used to think like that as well.
    Didn't work out and now Hive's SC2 section is rotting in the trash.
    Would like to share your optimism, but I can't.
     
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  13. Rufus

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    Well, I thought it may have a different impact this time since it is FREE
    Let's hope, shall we? :)
     
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    Eat at Joe's:

    "[...] If you picked up Wings of Liberty previously but haven’t come back to StarCraft II in a while, we’ve got good news for you too—if you purchased Wings of Liberty prior to October 31, 2017, you’ll receive the second installment in StarCraft II’s campaign, the zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm, as a limited time offer from November 8 to December 8. Make sure to log in during that window to claim it! [...]"

    Limited Time Offer: Get Heart of the Swarm for Free - Blizzard Entertainment
     
  15. A Void

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    Kinda old news, this has been known for a while now, why post it now? SC2 is pretty much dead at this point, that's why they're making it free to play, don't think it's from the kindness of their hearts. Devs are trying so hard to revive it, sadly, failing horribly. The only thing sustaining SC2 is ladder, tournaments and campaigns.
     
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    Don't forget Co-Op and Arcade/Custom Maps.

    My main issue with Starcraft II is that while the editor is very powerful, it's also more complicated and cumbersome to use (well, at least for me).

    What I hope is that with Warcraft IV they will focus more on making the map editing tools way more simple and intuitive, so that more people might potentially get into map making.

    Don't know about the Galaxy Editor, but as far as I know what you currently get for free is:
    1. Wings of Liberty full campaign and if you owned WoL you get Heart of the Swarm full campaign as well.
    2. Full access to multiplayer and arcade.
    3. Raynor, Kerrigan and Artanis commanders + all other commanders up to level 5 to play on all co-op maps.

    So, basically the only locked things are HotS/LotV campaign (granted you didn't own anything and didn't unlock HotS for free) and most co-op commanders beyond level 5.
     
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  17. Daffa the Mage

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    The Galaxy Editor is new I recall...

    Anyway, maybe something can be done for this game...
     
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    Maybe more people would get interested in making maps for it now that it's free. I never got gud on melee games, have a hard time multitasking...
     
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    I was gold/plat back when WoL launched.

    My guess is that with a slightly better gaming setup and practice I would probably get up to diamond in time, but what really killed it for me is that SC 2 like most online games these days has become all about the "meta". I seriously dislike playing games that require me to almost mindlessly execute someone else's build or strategy and SC 2's melee required you to do just that - memorize a bunch of builds and then practice them time and time again. That plus multitasking you mentioned is basically the core of SC 2's melee.
     
  20. Chaosy

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    SC2 is actually a pretty neat game.
    I adore the campaigns and co-op.

    But I tried the editor a bit, did not like it.