GamesIndustry are reporting
that StarCraft 2 is going to be sold under a subscription plan in South America:
The Latin American versions of the game will include six months of access to the StarCraft II single-player campaign and multiplayer online modes via Battle.net.
To play beyond that time users will have to pay for either a 30 or 60 day subscription, although specific pricing for these has not yet been announced. A one-time unlimited access version of the game, priced similarly to the standard $59.99 U.S. release, will also be made available.
Apparently certain other territories like Asia and Russia will also have this pricing model, though details are sketchy at this point. From the Blizzard Q1 2010 earnings conference call
, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime:
In the West, the standard game will include unlimited play in keeping with the market standard in North America and Europe. In regions like Russia, Asia and Latin America, we will have additional options for players using time-based access models to make the game affordable to a wider audience while also creating a source of recurring revenue. We'll discuss these options in more detail by market as we draw closer to launch.