BioWare Breaks Down Differences in SWTOR Free, Paid Versions
We’ve finally got a comprehensive look at what will and won’t be included in the free-to-play version of Star Wars: The Old Republic, even though BioWare and Electronic Arts still haven’t let on exactly when they’ll be transitioning the game to the new model.
A newly updated page on SWTOR.com explains exactly what about the free version will be limited in comparison to the subscription version of the game. Namely, the only thing that will be unlimited is story content: You’ll be able to start a character and run that character from level 1 to level 50, and see all the bits of story in between.
But everything else is fair game for limitations. Character creation, PvP, Operations, fast travel, space battles — all of which will be limited or restricted if you take the free option, usually to a weekly quota. You’ll also won’t be able to equip rare purple items without purchasing a license, and your companion characters will be limited to one skill capability rather than three.
The good news is that you’ll be able to buy the things you want piecemeal, without committing to the full-on monthly subscription, if that’s more your speed. SWTOR includes a new kind of in-game currency called Cartel Coins: you get some for free if you subscribe, but if you don’t, you can purchase them to buy stuff. You’ll also get some permanent benefits, like the ability to sprint when moving starting at level 1, once you’ve made your first purchase.
You can find the full run-down of the differences between the free-to-play and subscription versions of The Old Republic here. Just mouse over the items you want to read about in each column.
What do you guys think of the restrictions? It’s hard to judge without knowing the prices, but are you interested in revisiting a scaled-back version of SWTOR?