StarCraft 2: Starter Edition includes the game's first four missions, whereas the original demo only featured three. The Starter Edition also gives players access to the first two challenges in the game.
According to the announcement post on Blizzard's official site, the missions included in the demo are "Mar Sara 1-3 and the choice to embark on Tychus’s first mission or Dr. Hansen’s first mission."
Like the original demo, players are restricted to the Terran race in skirmish play against the AI. For the first time, players can test the waters online against other players in a rotating set of custom maps.
The current set of maps include Xel’Naga Caverns, Shattered Temple, Discord IV, and High Orbit.
Unlike the original demo, however, the "Starter Edition" of StarCraft 2 requires a Battle.net account to access. The Starter Edition also requires constant connection to the internet.
Blizzard notes: "Any campaign progress and achievements you earn while playing StarCraft II: Starter Edition are automatically saved to your Battle.net account, and will carry over should you ever upgrade from the Starter Edition to the full version of StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty."
The original demo is still available for download from Shacknews.
Xav de Matos posted a new article, StarCraft 2 demo replaced by 'Starter Edition'.
Blizzard has replaced its original StarCraft 2 demo with a new "Starter Edition," which features four single-player missions, two challenge missions, and a number of other components.
Ah man, a new demo rebranded as start edition.... AWESOME! Blizzard definitely is in touch with gamers and knows how to give them what they want.
The starter edition is fine. Activision is moving on to a more standardized business model. Things like demos are rare nowadays anyway. Soon they will have 3 of these so called starter editions, with a fourth one soon to come and one Battle.net to rule them all.
Is that image from the dota in starcraft 2? XD