Blizzard has removed the Starcraft II demo from Battle.net and has replaced it with a “starter edition.” A move similar to the World of Warcraft 20 levels free trial, the starter edition will allow players to experience a good chunk of the single player campaign as well as access to some of the custom maps and being able to use the terran race in custom games and single-player vs. A.I. matches. Here are the full details about the Starter Edition.
- The first four missions of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, including Mar Sara 1-3 and the choice to embark on Tychus’s first mission or Dr. Hansen’s first mission.
- The first two Challenges: Tactical Command and Covert Ops.
- Access to the terran race in Custom Games and Single-Player vs. AI.
- Access to the following custom maps (map selection may rotate over time):
- Xel’Naga Caverns
- Shattered Temple
- Discord IV
- High Orbit
It’s a good deal for anyone looking to experience what Starcraft is all about without necessarily wanting to invest the money. It’s always nice to have a taste of something you’re on the fence about and, if you are one of those people, all you need is a Battle.Net account and an elusive internet connection to get yourself going.