StarCraft II will not become free-to-play

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(From Leviathyn) According to game director Dustin Browder, there are no plans to make StarCraft II free-to-play.

The comment on the matter came on a Reddit Ask Me Anything session. Browder said that the free-to-play model may work for some games, such as Team Fortress 2, but it is not for StarCraft II. ”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,” Browder said.

Browder seems to like Team Fortress 2, and for good reason. In Summer of 2011, Team Fortress 2 became free-to-play while supporting micro-transactions.

Since then, the game’s total player base has increased 5 times. “Valve did make a lot of changes to Team Fortress 2 to make that game work for free-to-play,” he added.

“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.”

Apparently, Blizzard has reached a conclusion on this matter since Browder mentioned that they were “looking at” the free-to-play model for StarCraft 2 back in September.

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