StarCraft II’s 2.1 patch is rolling out to all players now and it comes with a lot of new features. Players with the free Starter Edition will no longer be limited to using the Terran race in multiplayer, and they’ll be allowed to play with any of the melee maps. Starter Edition users can also now play any of the Arcade games for free. According to the blog post, even multiplayer components that require Heart of the Swarm can be accessed by the Starter Edition. This means that StarCraft II multiplayer is pretty much free for everyone as long as you don’t care about ranking and tournaments.
If you’re a fan of the old soundtracks, patch 2.1 comes with a gift for you. You can now choose to enable classic soundtracks and rock out to music from StarCraft and the Brood War expansion. Who could forget that one track that had all the thumping and whatnot?
Of course there’s a gaggle of balance changes that came with patch 2.1. The full notes can be found here.