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You can now grab Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty for free

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Starting today, players can pick up the award-winning Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty for the low, low price of free.

Players will get access to the first campaign, the ranked ladder and the highly popular co-op mode. All of the balance updates and co-op commanders from the latest release, Legacy of the Void, will also carry over.

“StarCraft II is one of the highest-rated PC games of all time, and we’re excited to give even more people around the world a chance to find out why it has inspired such a passionate global community,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With the massive Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, endlessly replayable co-op mode, prestigious ranked ladder, comprehensive map-making tools, and more, StarCraft II now delivers the ultimate real-time strategy experience completely free.”

If you’re looking to experience the more recent story chapters included in the expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void, you’ll need to buy these seperately. If you already own Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (the base game) but haven’t bought Heart of the Swarm, you’ll be able to claim this for free by logging into Battle.net between now and December 8.

As an extra thank you to current Starcraft II players, you’ll recieve a unique Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating founder status in the game.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty turned seven years old this year and apparently, a F2P model has been in the works for a while. It’s always been a popular esports title and Blizzard are hoping expanding the playerbase will help bring in some fresh blood.

Blizzard also described how they have a ‘catalog of content for people … if they came in from free-to-play’. According to the production director Tim Morten, Blizzard want to ‘stay away from secondary currencies, griding and other annoying monetization methods’. So yep, despite going free-to-play, Starcraft II won’t feature any extra currencies or microtransactions.

A new onboarding experience will also help new players find the game modes that make the most sense for them, whether you’re looking for a co-op experience or want to jump straight into the PVP ranked ladder.

Access to the ranked ladder will become available after earning 10 ‘first wins of the day’ in Unranked or after any purchase of expansion content. Co-op commanders also have a max level of 5 in the F2P model, with the exception of Raynor, Kerrigan and Artanis.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is available today for Windows and Mac, fully localised in a range of languages.  You can read our full Legacy of the Void review here.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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