|Windows||July 27, 2010|
|macOS (OS X)||July 27, 2010|
|Monetization||Freeware, Expansion pack|
|Controls||Multiple select, Point and select|
The game was initially announced at BlizzCon 2007. The content was split to 3 key parts, each of them having a large campaign for a single faction. The initial release, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (versions 1.x) from July 2010, served as the base game and featured a Terran campaign. A Starter Edition was released as a sort of a limited demo release, with access to unranked multiplayer and the Arcade (in-built distribution system for modified maps), but only a limited set of campaign missions. Heart of the Swarm (versions 2.x) came out in March 2013 featuring the Zerg campaign and new units, as well as the ability to invite one friend to ranked multiplayer for the duration of the respective account connections, the process being called "spawning". Legacy of the Void (versions 3.x) came out in November 2015 with the Protoss campaign and further new units. During 2016, three parts of the mini-campaign Nova Covert Ops were also released. Over time, the game received co-op campaigns with purchasable/unlockable co-commanders, with a small set already unlocked for all players.
On November 14, 2017, the game was updated to version 4.0 with significant changes. The Wings of Liberty content was made free-to-play for all users, replacing the Starter Edition and the spawning concept. The multiplayer lobbies for all expansions were merged into one, with free users still able to access the unranked section thereof. The game's balance was significantly reshuffled, including some units and abilities getting removed, added or replaced in version 4.0 and its subsequent patches. The last major version, 5.0, was released in July 2020.
The game is no longer receiving any new content as of October 2020, with the only updates released since then resolving bugs, minor balance tweaks and map pool rotations to accomodate major multiplayer events.
Unlike prior games made by the company, StarCraft II requires a Battle.net account and an active online connection to run, with singleplayer content being available offline only if the game was authenticated online within 30 days of the attempt to play without an Internet connection.
|Expansion pack||Expansion packs come with new campaigns. Before the 2017 content streamlining, they had exclusive units and separate multiplayer lobbies as well.|
|Free-to-play||As of November 14, 2017, the game is free-to-play with the Wings of Liberty content being available in its entirety, as well as most multiplayer content, access to ranked online play, co-op commanders up to a certain level, and Arcade mode access.|
|Cosmetic||Skins for units and UI elements, as well as announcer packs.|
|Unlock||Most co-op commanders are locked otherwise.|
DLC and expansion packs
|Heart of the Swarm||Formerly standalone. Bundled in the Campaign Collection.|
|Legacy of the Void||Formerly standalone. Bundled in the Campaign Collection.|
|Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 1||Bundled in the Nova Covert Ops Bundle.|
|Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 2||Bundled in the Nova Covert Ops Bundle.|
|Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 3||Bundled in the Nova Covert Ops Bundle.|
- Other DLC include individual co-op campaign commanders, skins for units and interface elements, and alternate announcers.
- StarCraft II code is optimized to run in 2 cores. If playing online matches with a CPU with multiples cores, it is recommended to set the core affinity to only 2 cores in the Task Manager.
- This fixes performance issues.
Configuration file(s) location
|macOS (OS X)|
Save game data location
|macOS (OS X)||$HOME/Library/Application Support/Blizzard/StarCraft II/Accounts/|
|Ultra-widescreen||Locked to 16:9.|
|4K Ultra HD|| May need to change resolution in
|Field of view (FOV)|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed||Called "Fullscreen (Windowed)" in-game.|
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)|
|60 FPS and 120+ FPS||Capped to 60 by default. Framerate cap can be manually set to a value by using the
|High dynamic range display (HDR)||See the glossary page for potential alternatives.|
|Color blind mode||Enable under Options, Gameplay.|
|Keyboard and mouse||State||Notes|
|Mouse acceleration||No mouse acceleration.|
|Mouse input in menus|
|Mouse Y-axis inversion|
|Separate volume controls|
|Surround sound||Will use Windows' channel count.|
|Subtitles||Unit phrases are not included.|
|Mute on focus lost||Can be enabled or disabled.|
|Royalty free audio|
|English||US, EU, and SEA|
|Latin American Spanish|
|Protocol||Port(s) and/or port range(s)|
|TCP||1119, 6113, 1120, 80, 3724|
|UDP||1119, 6113, 1120, 80, 3724|
- Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.
Repair.exetool exists for repairing file corruption. Use this before reinstallation attempts to save time.
Unable to download game data from Blizzard's servers
|Disable firewall or add the installation folder to its whitelist|
Trouble installing game
- If an error similar to "The file
<name of file>could not be written" is shown, follow this guide.
|Run as administrator|
Jumping/jittery/lost mouse cursor (OS X)
There are a ton of threads that boil down to it being a problem with mouse acceleration screwing up when there is a high CPU load. The problem with turning mouse acceleration off is that StarCraft will turn it back on, even if you disable the option for OS mouse control override.
The solution is a program available here. This program turns off mouse acceleration in StarCraft II after the game boots.
Language pack issues
If upon logging into Battle.net, the error dialogue "You need an authorized language pack from Blizzard Entertainment to use this language" appears, use the following instructions to modify
|Edit variable.txt file|
|Latin American Spanish||esMX|
|Southeast Asia & Australia/New Zealand|
|Southeast Asia English||enSG|
- If this does not fix the issue, close the game and create a backup of the
variables.txtfile before deleting it. Restart the game and attempt to login; this will automatically create a new
variables.txtfile and often fixe the issue. This will, however, reset any custom settings.
- Deletion and re-creation of the
variables.txtfile should also resolve any issues with Region Limited licenses that have recently upgraded to Region Unlimited licenses.
Steam overlay issues
Using the Steam overlay (when adding the game as a "Non-Steam Game" in the client) may result in in-game commands behaving as waypointed instead of direct (i.e. handled as if the ⇧ Shift key is being held down.
This has been found to be as a result of the default Steam shortcut to enter the overlay (⇧ Shift + Tab ↹), which makes StarCraft II assume the ⇧ Shift key is being held down. When the overlay is exited, the game does not note the lifting of the ⇧ Shift key, and assumes that the ⇧ Shift key is still being held, thus creating this issue.
|Change the Steam overlay shortcut|
|Redirect the Non-Steam Game Overlay to separate executable|
|macOS (OS X)|
- StarCraft Mass Recall is a fan remake of the original StarCraft with the Brood War expansion in StarCraft II's engine.
|Operating system (OS)||7, 8, 10||10|
|Processor (CPU)||Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
|Intel Core i5 series
AMD FX series
|System memory (RAM)||2 GB||4 GB|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||30 GB|
|Video card (GPU)|| Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT |
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
Intel HD Graphics 3000
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
AMD Radeon HD 7790
1 GB of VRAM
- Support for Windows XP and Vista was dropped some time in 2017. The game will no longer run on these versions after this change.
|macOS (OS X)|
|Operating system (OS)||10.11||10.13|
|Processor (CPU)||Intel Core 2 Duo||Intel Core i5 or better|
|System memory (RAM)||4 GB||8 GB|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||30 GB|
|Video card (GPU)|| Nvidia GeForce GT 330M |
ATI Radeon HD 4670
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M
AMD Radeon HD 6970
- Originally supported OS X version 10.9.5 as minimum and 10.11 and recommended configurations.
- Blizzard no longer developing new content for StarCraft 2 | GamesIndustry.biz - last accessed on 2023=05-30
- Blizzard Support - Playing StarCraft II Offline - last accessed on 2018-08-27
- Lowering the Maximum Frame Rate - Blizzard Support - last accessed on May 2023
- Game capped at 60 fps - Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
- WON'T INSTALL -- "CAN'T WRITE <SOME FILE>" - StarCraft II Forums
- StarCraft II Language Errors - Blizzard Support - last accessed on 2022-11-25
- StarCraft II System Requirements - Battle.net - last accessed on May 2023
- Blizzard Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista | PCMag