Starcraft II goes free-to-play today

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In order to play the free version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, you need to have compatible gadget.

Two weeks ago, Blizzard announced that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty would be going free-to-play and it's finally happened!

At that, here's everything you need to know to get started. Alternatively, you can get on board using your Facebook account.

Blizzard has also introduced a "welcome" experience for newbie players with version 4.0 of StarCraft II, which allows you to select your level of RTS experience, with more guidance and introductory videos on hand for true novices.

Once an account is made, players can simply visit the game's homepage in order to download it. StarCraft II will work with either Windows or Mac. The installer should automatically download after that.

If you're new to the game, ensure you have a BattleTag, which is basically your in-game username.

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To no one's surprise, it's not the whole package.

Co-op mode is also open, but aside from the Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis, all the others will be free up to level 5.

You also get access to all multiplayer units in the Unranked Multiplayer and Custom game modes.

The free-to-play option includes the complete Wings of Liberty single-player story campaign (which, incidentally, earned a 9.5 rating from GameSpot when it debuted in 2010).

For users who purchased Wings of Liberty before Blizzard's free-to-play announcement, the company will give them Heart of the Swarm for free. Those who already bought the game, they can instead get the expansion Heart of the Swarm, but only if they bought the game before November 8th and if they don't already have the DLC. All you have to do is log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it through the Battle.net client (there should be a little gift icon in the upper-right corner).

Current and upcoming Co-op Commanders are available to play for free up to level five, and the level restriction for weekly mutations has been removed.

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