Starcraft was a staple of my ol' LAN parties and to get everyone playing the game we occasionally spawned copies of it on people's machines that didn't have the game. Some have lamented this loss but it seems today Blizzard is bringing this back.

Starcraft II has had the starter edition for quite some time, which allows you to play as Terran on a few maps and also allows cross play with your friends that own the full game. Up till now, all the Heart of the Swarm maps and units were unavailable if you wanted to play with your starter edition friends until now.

The video above showcases how it works, simply start a game with starter edition friend and you get all the Heart of the Swarm multiplayer options and maps available. This is a really cool feature and I plan on using it in an upcoming Starcraft 2 event, so stay tuned for that and if you haven't load up on the starter edition.

http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/10145834

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/05/2013 at 12:54pm

This is awesome of Blizzard, and somewhat unexpected. I'm always a little surprised when game companies do something to benefit players these days.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/05/2013 at 09:02pm

Well. Blizzard does seem to support games with signifigant patches and comtent well after most. Plus I bet they plan to do stuff like spawn copies but it gets pushed out because of deadlines.

They have wonky launches and sometimes games like D3 arent tuned tight for long term play right away, but Blizz does seem to do right by players. Most of time.

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