I need to repave my machine. I've made progress in the StarCraft 2 Wings of Liberty Campaign that I don't want to lose. I believe the achievements I've unlocked are tied to my battle.net account and will therefore be kept.

What I am unsure of is if my specific campaign progress will need to be backed up before I wipe the hard drive. I don't want to have to replay missions I've already completed or re-buy Armory upgrades.

Do I need to backup any sort of save game information or is it all online with battle.net?

  • Given that's it's a Blizzard game, remember to copy your StarCraft II folder and back it up. Makes reinstalling a walk in the park (with potentially all your files intact)
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jul 28, 2010 at 8:05
  • @Ivo - the last Blizzard game needing that was from 2003, they may have improved since ;)
    – Gnoupi
    Jul 28, 2010 at 13:11
  • Yes, but the only other game to have come out since then is WoW, and everything (but UI mods) has to be stored on a remote server, so "since 2003" isn't a large population.
    – McKay
    Jul 29, 2010 at 14:44
  • @Gnoupi, if I wanted to reinstall WoW, I just copy pasted the WoW folder. I actually found it quite useful to have a portable game!
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jul 29, 2010 at 17:08

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Campaign progress is stored online. Swapping computers (or reinstalling) shouldn't affect that.

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if you can save a game in the middle of a mission like you could in SC1, and if so, I'm not sure if that would be saved. But completed missions are completed on other computers.

Update: I have noticed some things that just don't get saved. Like if you finish a mission, then just purchase armory upgrades, then quit. It doesn't always save the armory upgrades. When the campaign is continued, it picks back up immediately after finishing the previous level. But this happens even on the same computer, and isn't any worse if you reinstall StarCraft II

Blizzard on Starcraft 2 Save Games: Starcraft 2 Blog

  • Unfortunately, I don't have that option. The other machine here doesn't come close to meeting the system minimums. If you could check that would be AWESOME. ;-)
    – ahsteele
    Jul 27, 2010 at 19:27
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    Updated - Verified. Good to go.
    – McKay
    Jul 27, 2010 at 19:35
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    Discovered by attempt. Yes, this is not Google-fu. This is trying it.
    – McKay
    Jul 27, 2010 at 19:44
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    @McKay you are the man! I waited on hold with Blizzard tech support for 40 minutes and still haven't gotten a support rep. Should have just come here first!
    – ahsteele
    Jul 27, 2010 at 19:45
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    For the record, you can save your campaign progress in a file too.
    – McKay
    Jul 28, 2010 at 14:08

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