Starcraft II gets spawning for non-upgraded players

Players now able to access additional Starcraft II content when in a lobby with friends.

Blizzard has introduced a system called spawning into Starcraft II, allowing its Starter Edition and Wings of Liberty players to be temporarily upgraded to Heart of the Swarm accounts when playing with friends.

When joining a lobby with a friend, the game will set itself to that of the player with the most Starcraft II content. If a Starter Edition player--Blizzard's free-to-play version of Starcraft II--joins a friend who only owns Wings of Liberty, for instance, then the two players will play at the latter level, but if the group is joined by somebody who owns the recently released expansion Heart of the Swarm, then all three players will be granted access to the expansion's content.

Using spawning, Starcraft II players will have access to all of the game's team-based ladders (two versus two up to four versus four) alongside custom game modes and the Starcraft II Arcade. Team-versus-AI modes are also available.

Players are not able to access the single-player campaign using this method, nor will they be able to play in Starcraft II's one-versus-one modes. Starter Edition players will only be able to play as one of Starcraft II's three races, which at the time of writing is Terran.

Additionally, Blizzard says that players who use spawning will get an in-game achievement and portrait.

For more on spawning in Starcraft II, check out GameSpot's interview with Blizzard production director Chris Sigaty

Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm was released earlier this year, and requires a copy of Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty to play. Blizzard reported that the expansion sold 1.1 million copies in its first 48 hours on sale.

For more information on Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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21 comments
blackothh
blackothh

yet again, all the love for starcraft 2 while diablo 3 flops on the bottom of a boat like a dying fish.

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

That's a pretty awesome feature. Starcraft has always been good for a laugh among friends, especially when none of us have to take it seriously!

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

I only dabbled in SC2 multiplayer, was never able to get REALLY into it because I'm not very good and just don't have the time or will to get better and compete. That said, I did enjoy the little I did play before I kind of gave up, so that's more my fault then the game's fault. It's a competitive game and I just am not willing to get over the learning curve.

More on-topic, I had 2 friends that I would 3v3 with casually, and 1 of them didn't own HotS, so the 2 of us that did were forced to downgrade to WoL to play with him which isn't ideal, so I'm glad to see this change.

Arcade maps alone still make the game worth it.

Hiliary
Hiliary

Great game never-the-less.

Hiliary
Hiliary

The problem with SC2 multiplayer is that the players are sooooo competitive that it takes the fun out, instead, focusing on just winning, which can start to get stressful and take the fun out. I've been in situations where my heart is literally pumping with adrenaline, and when I lose, omg, I get sometimes sooooo mad. I guess this is 100% my fault, but just saying.

csward
csward

Kind of a neat idea. Hopefully other devs add this (yeah right).

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Maybe it's just me but I don't enjoy SC2 as much as the original.  There's just too many units and it doesn't seems like it relies on careful control of units.  It's a good game, but mainly play it for the story and the nostalga. 

WarL0rdzz
WarL0rdzz

How nice of blizzard. Thanks! 


canuckbiker
canuckbiker

You have pretty much described me with every competitive multiplayer mode. I just don't have the time to be really good, and am not masochistic enough to get me ass handed to me all the time.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@Lambchopzin Totally understandable, i have been off & on since release, then picked up the lingo from various gaming casters on the web, and it all started to make sense towards the HotS expansion, then one thing lead to another xD

Think i finally have the will to break out of bronze, still not sure if i prefer Zerg or Terran, gonna go practice some more against AI. .

P.S. Arcade is awesome :D, tug o war is cool too.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Hiliary Same here.  I can't compete at the level this game demands, and the stress gets to be too much.  At least in an FPS even if I'm losing I can generally still get some kills in and feel good about myself.  In RTS games if you fall behind it's too easy to get OMG-they're-everywhere overrun!

The game is fun though, and sometimes I actually enjoy watching some of the "pro" tournament streams.

SWFLM
SWFLM

@Rayzakk Too many units? The game just has a few more units than Brood War, and several of them are just forms of the same unit.

And the whole game is based on carefully controlling units. On top of basic army control, each race has several spell casters that are crucial when engaging enemy forces.

beuneus12
beuneus12

@Rayzakk multiplayer is alot better in sc2

the story is alot better in sc1

gameplay wise they are both very good

AnimeFreaks
AnimeFreaks

@PSYCHOV3N0M what are you on about? he is saying he gets so worked up over the game it gets stressful. where did he say he isnt focusing to win? he said that the game makes it so focused on winning that its starting to take the fun out of it.

yes it is true no body play to lose under normal circumstances, and but people like you take it a whole new level. you get angry and start bullying other players for not living up to your standard, not playing the way you expect them to. your definition of "try" will most probably be unreasonable.

believe me, most of the time when someone is playing they want to win and they are already trying.

 even if they know what they are doing is not going to work they are still "trying" to make it work. and people are allowed to have some fun from time to time.

 wasting other players time? you have to play with the community, work with your team mates and not bully them for trying to have some fun. believe me there are definitely players that deem you to be wasting their time.