Blizzard Considering Taking Starcraft 2 Multiplayer Free-to-Play
There’s a possibility that Blizzard might take its strategy titan Starcraft 2 into the free-to-play realm in the future, at least in terms of its multiplayer mode.
Speaking at the Valenica eSports Congress, Starcraft 2 Lead Designer Dustin Browder fielded a question about the game’s multiplayer going free-to-play, which would open it up to more players and potentially expand the eSports scene surrounding it. Browder answered by saying Blizzard was “looking at free to play as an option for the multiplayer.”
Browder went on to say that there are some complications with taking the game’s multiplayer mode fully free-to-play — namely, Blizzard doesn’t know how it would make money from it.
“We don’t know how we would monetise it,” Browder 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.”
Still, interesting that Blizzard is thinking about the possibility. Starcraft 2 is the only game on the docket of eSports titles that’s currently fully priced, but Blizzard is obviously aware of the huge competitive popularity of the game. But it seems unlikely that Blizzard will be making an F2P switch anytime soon, given that the developer is still spending most of its time tweaking the game as it looks to install the last two pieces of the Starcraft 2 triumvirate.