Star Wars: The Old Republic Going Free-to-Play
BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO will be getting a free-to-play option for its first 50 levels as early as this fall, according to an announcement from Electronic Arts.
According to a press release found here, players will have both free-to-play and subscription options for SWTOR starting this fall. The free option lets you play the game through to level 50, but bars players from additional content to be released and “advanced player options; some of that content can be purchased with in-game “Cartel Coins.” You’ll also be limited on how many Operations, PvP warzones and Flashpoints you can run in a given week.
The release also says that, starting in August, SWTOR will drop to $14.99 and include a free month subscription for new purchasers. Existing players will get some benefits for their loyalty, however:
Current and former players will also find additional benefits as part of this program. BioWare will be increasing the frequency of game content updates, with the first of many new releases coming in August. In addition, current subscribers will receive Cartel Coin grants and qualify for access to special in-game items. Even former players who re-activate now will qualify for special benefits.
Sticking with the subscription service also gets players “unrestricted access” to the game, new content, and a constant flow of the new in-game currency, Cartel Coins. Those can be used “to purchase valuable in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.”
More details about the free-to-play model are available at the official SWTOR website (see image below). We’ve reached out to EA and BioWare for further comment on the development.
Now to you guys: Is this the beginning of the end for SWTOR? Will you start playing or return to the game now that it’s free?