It'll cost 999 ruble (EUR 25), and come with one-year playtime online, but not with European users. Jewel case copies are less with 120 days.
The thinking behind the move is that most Russian's probably can't afford the $59.99 for the standard StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty game so 'instalments' have been introduced. Russian's can buy a DVD copy of the game for 999 rubles which is £22.38 or €25.41.
That will give the one full year's access to online features but only with other Russians. An even cheaper option is a jewel case edition that carries only 120 days online. After the free period expires the users will need to cough up €3 a month.
However for those that have some cash to splash then a one-time upgrade option is said to be available once the game is fired up, giving unlimited access to StarCraft II's multiplayer arena and lets Russian users connect with Europeans.
Blizzard hasfor StarCraft II that comes in at a hefty $99.99/€89.99 for the compulsive type of fan out there. The standard copies will go for $60/€59.99 - a price much more to the liking of the masses.
These instalment and subscription plans for Russia will not be taking place in Poland, who will receive the normal retail editions like the rest of Europe. Before logging on with StarCraft II, Blizz say to duke it out with AIs for at least 60 hours to train up.
Online fees for Russian StarCraft II players, to counter cheap price
13 April 2010 | By Simon Priest