Blizzard briefly considered the idea of turning StarCraft 2 into a free-to-play model, but sadly 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 said that Blizzard already had a free version of the game, even if it is acts more like a trial, with limited features.
“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.”
Browder’s statement leaves things open, should they find a model that they are happy with.