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[EG] Blizzard is "looking at free-to-play" for Starcraft 2 multiplayer

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Blizzard is considering ways to implement a free-to-play model in its wildly popular real-time strategy game Starcraft 2.

When asked about Starcraft 2 going free-to-play at a Valencia eSports Congress panel, lead designer Dustin Browder responded that Blizzard is "looking at free to play as an option for the multiplayer," according to a report at PCGamesN.

Browder went on to explain that transitioning the payment model presented a logistical challenge to Blizzard. "We don't know how we would monetise it," he said. "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."

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It's about damn time. I'm wondering what they're going to do.
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I've bought a lot of games that I regretted but SC2 was worth every penny! Almost as good as the original and Brood Wars expansion were in their time. I had so much fun with SC2 that I bought Diablo3 the day it came out... I never even considered that I might not like it....Not so happy with that purchase though. rolleyes.gif
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A very interesting idea. I think some sort of locked down options for the free-to play guys would give them reason to pay or upgrade. Perhaps they could only play unranked games, only 1v1, and only as random race. That would still let them experience what the game offers, but encourage them to pay.
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Maybe they could sell the multiplayer and singleplayer separately, or make multiplayer free but custom games require purchasing the full game, this is a step in the right direction though. I don't want to buy HotS since I'm bollocks at SC2, but I think the game is brilliant and really enjoy the professional players and community. If I had $60 to blow on a game I wouldn't play much, I'd buy it, but otherwise I have other games to buy (BL2, TL2, CSGO, etc.)

Now if I could buy part of the game for cheaper, maybe I'd do that. Like if I could buy the game to just do custom games for like $20 I'd strongly consider getting it. Not too interested in campaign or ladder anymore.
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as long as this doesnt affect the game play i wont care....but if i buy the physical copy of the game and still have to deal with "FTP" junk im going to lose it...
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They have to do something to make up for Diablo 3.........guess this is it? biggrin.gif
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They have to do something to make up for Diablo 3.........guess this is it? biggrin.gif

It has nothing to with Diablo 3, the only relation is they are made by teh same company.


This has everything to do with Esports and other F2P games competing for esports. If you have a terrible crap game like league of legends and its free then a lot of people, including the Chinese (China hacks a lot so selling anything with a not F2P model doesnt really work there, not being racist), will play it. So SC2 has to compete with all these other F2P games which are WORSE but by virtue of being F2P they get massive exposure and a massive playerbase and there is no way to fight this at all except to get F2P yourself. So if SC2 goes F2P for multi then they are able to get a massive amount of new players and countries like China (sc2 isnt very popular there, but WC3 was insanely popular there). That way tourneys get sponsors and maybe blizzard can put sponsor names on maps or units or whatever. Also I think a lot of countries have to pay monthly for multiplayer like Russia and China IIRC, and this is just going to discourage people to play it at all.

Blizzard knows it has a good game, and if it can go F2P they will crush any crappy game like LOL.
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Whats with all these strategy games going free to play or at least implementing monetary transactions

Generals 2, Company of Heroes 2 and now this.
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Whats with all these strategy games going free to play or at least implementing monetary transactions
Generals 2, Company of Heroes 2 and now this.

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