StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
StarCraft2 BoxArt.jpg
Developers
Release dates
Windows
July 27, 2010
OS X
July 27, 2010
 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty at Wikipedia
StarCraft
StarCraft 1998
StarCraft: Brood War
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 2010
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

Key points

Information This game, as well as its expansions, requires authentication through Battle.net, as well as an account on the service.
Information In order to play offline the game requires authentication from Battle.net once every 30 days.
Information Heart of the Swarm requires the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty base game[1]. Legacy of the Void likely will as well.

General information

More information Official English StarCraft II Community
More information Official English StarCraft II Forums
More information Teamliquid

Contents

[edit] Availability

Information The StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion requires the base game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Battle.net Starter Edition (Free Demo) BattleNet.png See Starter Edition for more information
Battle.net BattleNet.png Wings Of Liberty
Battle.net BattleNet.png Heart Of The Swarm Expansion
Blizzard Store/ Blizzard Store BattleNet.png Wings Of Liberty
Blizzard Store BattleNet.png Heart of the Swarm Expansion
Amazon.com BattleNet.png
Information All versions require activation on Battle.net.

[edit] StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

Information StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is an upcoming expansion to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. A release date has yet to have been announced.

[edit] Starter Edition

StarCraft II: Starter Edition allows anyone to play the following content for free:

  • The first four missions of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, including Mar Sara 1-3 and the choice to embark on Tychus’s first mission or Dr. Hansen’s first mission.
  • The first two Challenges: Tactical Command and Covert Ops.
  • Access to the Terran race in Custom Games and Single-Player vs. AI.
  • Access to the following custom maps (map selection may rotate over time):
    • Xel’Naga Caverns
    • Shattered Temple
    • Discord IV
    • High Orbit

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Patches

Patches for this game should be downloaded and installed automatically when the game is run after a patch has been released. Note that this requires an internet connection - you will not be able to play online without having the most recent patch, although one can always play offline if patching is impossible. If the automatic patching doesn't work, you can manually download the patches here. These contain all patches up to the latest patch number listed in one - so if you download the patch listed, you get all prior patches as well.

[edit] Third Party Tools

[edit] SC2 Gears

Sc2gears is a general StarCraft II utility for everyone who is interested in the game (either a player, a developer or just a game analyzer). Its main features are replay management and analysis for both individual replays and mass replays (multi-replay statistics). It provides easy but powerful and efficient replay management and basic statistics for starters, and advanced statistics and time development charts useful even for professional players. It is also a great asset for tournament and league organizers in quick analysis of tournament results.

Fix SC2 GearsLink

  • Go to the SC2 Gears website and download it.
  • Extract to a location that is easy to find.
  • There is no installation, so the folder you extract to is going to be where you launch the program from.
  • Make sure you have 32bit Java installed(64 bit Java will limit the functionality of the program).
  • Launch the program.
  • To make sure it loads when Windows starts go to your startup folder and place a shortcut to Sc2gears.exe.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts
OS X

[edit] Save game data location

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts
OS X

[edit] Default StarCraft II folder

Information Note that there are also shortcuts in the StarCraft II folder that are named as account character names that you've already logged into from that computer, that link directly to that account's folder. This is handy for quick access to replays.
Information Local files are stored under %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts\ - This folder contains:
  • Variables.txt - Stores several of your personal settings
  • Hotkey folder - Contains a file for each set of custom hotkeys you may have created up
  • Another folder that contains replays, saved games, screenshots and other locally saved data
Information The game is typically installed under C:\Program Files (x86)\StarCraft II\, where you can find:
  • StarCraft II Editor
  • StarCraft II Public Test - only used when a patch is in public testing
  • Under the Support folder, the Repair.exe tool that will repair file corruption - try this before reinstalling, it may save time
  • Other folders containing the game files, crash logs, and so on.

[edit] Video settings

Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Impossible Cross.png
Ultra-widescreen Impossible WSGF Incomplete.png Forces 16:9 aspect ratio.
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF 4K Silver.png May need to change resolution in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Variables.txt
Field of view (FOV) Unknown
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native Called "Fullscreen (Windowed)" in-game.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Unknown
Color blind mode Native Enable under Options, Gameplay.

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible No mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller
Controller support Hackable
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Unknown
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

[edit] Network settings

[edit] LAN Play

If you have a copy of StarCraft II, you can play in a local area network by creating a non-official server. In order to do that, you will need to have Starfriend installed. Although Starfriend is not officially supported by Blizzard, it has not yet received any legal threats (and the author states to have been in touch with Blizzard about that).

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] "Unable to download game data from Blizzard's servers"

Disable Windows' firewall.

(Note: Other firewalls may also block connection, including McAfee, Eset Nod 32 Antivirus & Smart Security and Norton Enterprise, disable or whitelist the whole installation folder for Starcraft to bypass)

[edit] 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.

[edit] Trouble Installing Game

If you receive an error similar to "The file <name of file> could not be written", follow this guide.

Fix Run as administrator[2]Link

1) Right click the installer and choose Run as administrator (skip this step if using Windows XP).

2) Choose your installation options.

3) Once it begins installing, minimize the installer until the installation is completed.

[edit] Language Pack Issues

Fix Language Pack IssuesLink

If upon logging into Battle.net you receive the error dialogue "You need an authorized language pack from blizzard entertainment to use this language" use the following instructions to modify variables.txt.

Battle.net Support Article

1) Locate variables.txt within your StarCraft II folder (specifically the one containing your accounts, replays and saves which is distinct from the folder of the same name containing the game installation).

Information The default in Windows is %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II

2) Open variables.txt in a text editor and locate the following lines (use control + f to search); localeidassets= and localeiddata=

In each of those lines insert your language code after the equals sign as follows:

{| class="wikitable"
|-
! Region !! Code
|-
| '''Americas''' ||
|-
| American English || enUS
|-
| Latin American Spanish || esMX
|-
| Brazilian Portuguese || ptBR
|-
| '''Europe''' ||
|-
| German || deDE
|-
| European English || enGB
|-
| European Spanish || esES
|-
| French || frFR
|-
| Italian || itIT
|-
| Polish || plPL
|-
| Portuguese || ptPT
|-
| Russian || ruRU
|-
| '''Korea''' ||
|-
| Korean || koKR
|-
| '''Taiwan''' ||
|-
| Traditional Chinese || zhTW
|-
| '''Southeast Asia & Australia/New Zealand''' ||
|-
| Southeast Asia English || enSG
|}
Information Example: If you have the SEA version of the game:

localeidassets=enSG

localeiddata=enSG

3) Save the file and start the game to test.

Information If this does not fix the issue close the game then create a back up of the variables.txt file before deleting it.
Restart the game and attempt to login, this will automatically create a new variables.txt file and often fixes the issue although this method may require you to reset any customizations you have made to graphic, audio or control settings (your hotkeys are stored separately and are safe). If you need to reference your previous settings you can use the backup you made of variables.txt.

Deletion of the variables.txt file and re-creation should also resolve any issues with Region Limited licenses that have recently upgraded to Region Unlimited licenses.

[edit] Non-Steam Game Overlay

  • Some people have noted issues using StarCraft II with Steam, saying that upon leaving the Steam overlay, any commands issued would become waypointed instead of directly done and the game would act as if the Shift key was 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. This can be fixed by changing the Steam shortcut to another key/key combination, such as Insert, Home or Insert+Home.

[edit] Alternative Non-Steam Game Overlay

Fix Non-Steam Game OverlayLink

  1. Click on "Add a Non-Steam Game"
  2. Browse for SC2Switcher.exe in StarCraft II\Support\
  3. Add selected program

Notes

Information You will have to login every time you launch the game

[edit] System requirements

Information These System requirements are true of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty as well as its two expansions. They are, however, subject to change[3].
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ or better
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
20 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT or ATI Radeon X800 XT or better
ATI Radeon 9800 PRO
128 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) or ATI Radeon HD 4850 or better
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.X (Latest Version) 10.8 or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i3 or better
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
20 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 9400M or ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better ATI Radeon HD 4850 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M or better

References

  1. Will Heart of the Swarm require ownership of Wings of Liberty? - Heart of the Swarm FAQ
  2. WON'T INSTALL -- "CAN'T WRITE <SOME FILE>" - StarCraft II Forums
  3. StarCraft II System Requirements - Battle.net
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