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StarCraft II Patch Expands Free To Play Options
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released patch 2.1 for its sci-fi RTS StarCraft II. In addition to the usual bug fixes and updates the patch also expands the options available to players using the free Starter Edition of the game. Starter Edition users will now have access to all three races, be able to play any custom game, and make use of all the maps, mods, and games within the Arcade.

Patch 2.1 is finally here and it introduces a bevy of features for everyone who owns StarCraft II. But what about your friends who’ve been interested and haven’t yet taken the plunge? We’re happy to announce new features available in the free StarCraft II Starter Edition.

Let’s talk about the biggest change: The StarCraft II Arcade is now completely free. In the past, if you didn’t own StarCraft II, you were only able to play the Blizzard-made games (Starjeweled, Auir Chef, and Left 2 Die) as well as the current Arcade Highlights. Now, tens of thousands of games, even those requiring Heart of the Swarm, are available to absolutely anyone.

Since we’ll have more players in the Arcade, we think this is a good time to resolve an issue that comes up from time to time: AFK lobby hosts. When a player creates a game and then goes to heat up a snack, completely forgetting about their game, what can you do? Well, in Patch 2.1, if a lobby host has been inactive for a period of time, a prompt will appear to confirm that they’re still at their keyboard. If the player does not respond, they will be removed from the lobby and a new host will be chosen. As with all changes we make, we’ll make sure to monitor this system and make tweaks to it if necessary.

In the past, if you didn’t own StarCraft II and you wanted to play, you were limited to a small number of maps and could only play as Terran. However, in patch 2.1 we’re unlocking every single melee map and all three StarCraft II Races. Now your friends that don’t own StarCraft II can try out the voracious Zerg, the rough and rugged Terran, or the enigmatic Protoss on an

Free Arcade and More:

  • The entirety of the Arcade, along with all of the maps, mods, and games found within, has been made accessible to all StarCraft II: Starter Edition players for free.
  • All Custom Games are now available to Starter Edition players.
  • All three races have been unlocked for Starter Edition players.
  • More information can be found in our Free Arcade blog. You can also check out our Free Arcade and Art Tools videos.
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StarCraft II Patch Notes
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