Blizzard looking at free-to-play StarCraft II multiplayer

Lead designer Dustin Browder says that making multiplayer free will unearth more talent for e-sports scene.

83 Comments

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm's lead designer Dustin Browder recently said that company Blizzard Entertainment is "looking at" turning the multiplayer portion of StarCraft II into a free-to-play experience.

Would the free-to-play model be viable in the long run for Blizzard's space RTS?
Would the free-to-play model be viable in the long run for Blizzard's space RTS?

During a panel at the Valencia eSports Congress (via PCGamesn), Browder said that the main concern was to figure out the structure for updates if balancing changes were to be made. "We don't know how [Blizzard] would monetize it. While it might be good fun for me to play against someone with only half the units available to them, that's not going to be an enjoyable experience for them."

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is the second part of the StarCraft II trilogy and is focused on major character Kerrigan and the Zerg species. No release date has been announced yet. For more information, check out GameSpot's recent coverage on the title.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 83 comments about this story