Spawning returns to StarCraft 2, free editions get access to full content

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

By on June 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Once upon a time when I was a wee tadpole (government experiments, don’t ask) you could play Blizzard games together with your friends via a process known as spawning — taking your CD over to their computer and installing a “spawned copy” that could play with your copy over the network.

It was, not to put to fine a point on it, the best thing ever, especially for poor children who could only afford one copy of the game.

Well! Spawning has returned, albeit in a slightly different form: Blizzard have announced that now anybody with a free StarCraft II starter edition who parties up with somebody who has purchased the full game will get access to all the content that their party member has. This means that starter edition owners can be upgraded to both Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm content depending on who they group up with — all for free.

Check out the full explanation at Blizzard’s site. Excellent stuff!

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Wow, that’s actually pretty darn awesome. ‘LAN’ days are now viable :D.

 

Yeah sounds good, most Lan’s these days have internet access. I’m guessing this doesn’t include single player access (which is fair enough).

 
Bugalugs McScruffin

No single-player access, no 1v1 (you need to be in a party to access) and you can only play as Terran (unless it’s a special event where they enable all three races, like this week).

You can play ranked and unranked 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4, plus (I’m assuming) unranked FFA, as well as customs and Arcade games.

I’m looking forward to this.

 

The arcades enable will be great for fun carefree lan’s with mates to just muck around and enjoy stuff.

 

Awesome! Blizzard makes gamers proud again. Starcraft 2 games with the lady, can’t wait!

 
charliebrownau

Spawn install via Retail DISC was an awesome idea
You could play via LAN without single player data , without music , without gigs of video , by using your mates Retail CD/DVD.

From memory NFS 2 SE , Warcraft 2 BNE and Starcraft 1 all supported this.
Then again all those games could be played via LAN without needing the internet either.

 

bugalugsmcscruffin:
No single-player access, no 1v1 (you need to be in a party to access) and you can only play as Terran.

This. So, it’s not anything like as good as the old spawn mode. And they’re still unfairly price-raping Australians through Battlenet unless you import a box from somewhere else.

 
Bugalugs McScruffin

spoidar: This.So, it’s not anything like as good as the old spawn mode.And they’re still unfairly price-raping Australians through Battlenet unless you import a box from somewhere else.

Or you could just grab it from JB for a reasonable price.

As for only Terran and no 1v1, they still need a reason for you to pay for the game. And an old spawn copy of BroodWar didn’t let you play single player as far as I remember.

This might just be enough to get some of my friends into SC2. Having said that Company of Heroes hit open beta today.

 

i remember doing this with war3 and dota at University….then campus security would do their rounds and everyone alts tab to a desktop screen

 

Now they just need to allow Diablo 3 starter ed players to game with the full game players.

The Diablo spawn was always one of the best features of the first game despite the limitations.

 

mugsy:
Now they just need to allow Diablo 3 starter ed players to game with the full game players.

The Diablo spawn was always one of the best features of the first game despite the limitations.

you mean 0 drm was the best feature lol there was no spawn cause there was no cd-key essentially what you were doing back then was piracy ;)

 
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