StarCraft II won’t go Free-to-Play
Some time ago, Blizzard said that they were looking into the free-to-play model for their RTS game StarCraft II. Since then, we hadn’t heard anything from Blizzard on this front. That is, until, a recent AMA on Reddit where Blizzard said they won’t be going free-to-play.
The topic was brought up by Redditer Fazer2, who cited games like League of Legends and DotA 2. Dustin Browder, game director of StarCraft II, had this to say…
We have no plans to go free-to-play in the traditional sense. We do have a trial version that allows players to check out the game but it isn’t like Team Fortress 2. Valve did make a lot of changes to Team Fortress 2 to make that game work for free-to-play. We have not yet found design choices for StarCraft II that we would be happy with to make it free-to-play, so we aren’t going to do it.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is out on March 12th, 2013.