StarCraft® II Starter Edition and Guest Pass

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StarCraft® II Starter Edition and Guest Pass are free versions of the game that let you try StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm for free with no time restrictions.

Note: After upgrading to the full version, most StarCraft II Starter Edition restrictions remain in place until payment verification is complete. This may take up to 72 hours.

*A Battle.net Account is required

The Starter Edition contains the first four missions of the Terran campaign, two Challenge Missions, custom games, achievements, and versus AI. You can also access many functions of the map editor, but the full version of the game is required to use the Test Map and Battle.net publishing functions.

StarCraft II players with a full game license can join Starter Edition custom games on select maps. These maps are indicated by a special symbol on the map selection screen. You can only play as Terran in single player and custom games. Added AI for custom games is limited to Very Easy and Easy difficulty.

You don't have access to the following with the Starter Edition:

  • Versus and co-op matchmaking
  • Offline play
  • Chat in public chat channels
  • Joining or creating clans
  • The Take Command option while watching a replay

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