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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jun 5, 2013

Blizzard Reintroduces Spawing To StarCraft II

In the late 90’s if you wanted to try out StarCraft but didn’t want to purchase the whole thing you could borrow your friends copy of the game and installed a spawned version of it. What that would allow you to do is play a limited version of the multiplayer, but for many folks that was perfectly fine because now you could play with your buddies. Now Blizzard is bringing back Spawning in StarCraft II, but with a bit of a twist.

As some of you might already know, StarCraft II has the Starter Edition, which allows players to play a few of the single player missions as well as multiplayer games on a certain few maps. With the new version of Spawning if you have a lower expansion level than somebody in your party then you and everybody else in the party will all play at the highest level expansion. In other words, if you have 3 players, a Starter Edition player, a Wings of Liberty player, and a Heart of the Swarm player, everybody will gain access to the Heart of the Swarm content until the party has been disbanded.

It’s a really cool concept to let people try out some new content, one that I wish more publishers would do more often. While it might not be in use all that often, just the idea that I can get my friend who’s on the fence about getting the game to try out the full content is pretty cool and can help foster some good feelings towards the company. Luckily, Spawning is now available in all regions right now.

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