StarCraft II Going Free To Play, Adding New Co-op Commander Duo
In a couple of weeks, you'll be able to play most of StarCraft II without paying a dime.
Speaking at this year's Blizzcon opening ceremonies, Blizzard President and co-founder Mike Morahaime announced the RTS will be going free-to-play starting November 14. Once that date hits, players will have access to the full Wings of Liberty campaign (if you've bought WoL, you will receive the first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, for free), the game's full ranked multiplayer ladder, and access to each of the game's commanders in the co-op mode until that character hits level 5.
To augment that co-op mode, StarCraft II will be adding a new co-op commander, though it's technically two. Mira Han and Mat Horner will help you lead your units to victory side-by-side, acting as a single commander. Finally, a new co-op mission, "Part and Parcel" will soon be made available. No specific dates were given for when these two additions hill hit.
I've long since stopped playing StarCraft II after finishing all three expansions, so I can't say this speaks to me much. However, this is still a great change for the game. Hopefully, Blizzard will announce something more substantial in this universe soon, because I'd love to jump back into it in the future.