When logging into StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, you may have noticed the “Play as Guest” button lurking at the bottom right of your screen. But what does this do? Is it the same as the “Offline” mode you’ve heard about? Can I play without even logging into Battle.net?
If you select the “Play as Guest” option you will be asked to choose which of three guest profiles you want to play as, aptly named Guest 1, Guest 2 and Guest 3. While playing as a guest you can:
- Experience the single player campaign
- Test your skills in the single player Challenges
- Battle against the AI in custom games
- Learn more about the game in the tutorials
- Watch your replays
Any progress you make while playing as a guest will be saved to that specific profile, and thus will be unavailable while playing under any other profile. While you will need to connect to Battle.net to authenticate the game once every 30 days, you will not need to create an online account if you only play using a guest profile. However, while playing as a guest you cannot earn achievements nor play multiplayer.
To enjoy the full experience of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, including earning achievements and playing online against other players, you will need to log in to your online profile (using your Battle.net username and password) when you load the game.
If you attempt to log in to your online profile but are unable to connect to Battle.net, for example when travelling and without internet access, you will receive a message informing you that StarCraft II has been unable to connect to Battle.net. It is now that you are given the option to “Play Offline”.
“Playing Offline” is different to playing as a guest as all your progress will still be saved to your online profile. As you are not connected to Battle.net you will not be able to earn any achievements, but don’t forget that you can replay any previous mission through the “Mission Archive” on the Hyperion if you’re chasing after that ever-elusive achievement!