Wings of Liberty, for the uninitiated, takes place four years after the events chronicled in the original StarCraft. The story line chronicles the exploits of marshal-turned-rebel-leader Jim Raynor and features both familiar faces and new heroes.
"StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty brings players back to the sci-fi world they've been pining over for more than a decade, and it doesn't disappoint", we wrote at the time. Curious what that actually means?
"We know "free-to-play" can mean a lot of things for different games, but we're here to assure you that when we say that we're making StarCraft II free-to-play, we really mean it", the company wrote in a blog post.
The original Wings of Liberty campaign.
StarCraft 2 originally released in 2010. Be aware however that you need to log in and claim it before December 8. But in a seeming effort to combat account abuse, players will first have to achieve 10 game-of-the-day victories in either the unranked ladder or against the game's AI, before they can access the multiplayer ladder. All other Commanders will also be free up to level five.
As you may be aware, since 2011 there has been a Starter Edition of the game, which made certain parts - such as the first four missions in its Wings of Liberty single-player campaign - free to try. In addition, Blizzard announced a new pair of Co-Op Commanders - Mira Han and Matt Horner.
If you enjoy what you see in StarCraft II, you can grab Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops individually for $14.99 or as a bundle for $39.99. You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire. If you have already bought any of those, then you'll soon be receiving an exclusive Ghost skin and three new portrait options.