While Blizzard might have briefly toyed with the idea of turning StarCraft 2 into a free-to-play model, you can rest assured that they won’t. According to a recent Reddit AMA, Blizzard’s Dustin Browder revealed that the company had no plans to go free-to-play in the “traditional sense”. Browder went on to state that Blizzard already had a free version of the game, albeit being limited in terms of feature which acts more like a trial.
“We do have a trial version that allows players to check out the game but it isn’t like Team Fortress 2. Valve did make a lot of changes to Team Fortress 2 to make that game work for free-to-play. We have not yet found design choices for StarCraft 2 that we would be happy with to make it free-to-play, so we aren’t going to do it.”
I don’t know about you guys, but personally I don’t like the free-to-play model and I am glad that Blizzard has decided not to adopt that model…yet. Browder’s statement however leaves it open to the possibility that if and when Blizzard finds a model that they are happy with, there is a chance that the free-to-play system could be adopted.