SWTOR FTP Restrictions Eased Somewhat
Based on player feedback on the SWTOR public test server, BioWare has opted to make some changes that will ease some restrictions on free to play players. The following changes have been implemented:
* Free-to-Play players will now get a second quickslot bar.
* Free-to-Play players will now be able to do 5 Warzones per week instead of 3.
* The Cartel Coin item lock (i.e. temporary bind) will be reduced to 3 days for Free-to-Play players, and 2 days for subscribers.
The changes were announced in a post to the official SWTOR community blog. The posting does however make it clear that BioWare intends to keep things optimal for subscribers. “If it turns out that the Free-to-Play conversion results in a degraded Warzone experience once we go live for subscribers,” the announcement sats, “you can rest assured that we will quickly make adjustments to the system to ensure that subscribers have an optimal experience.” They added that “it is important conversely that the subscription offers subscribers strong, tangible benefits over the Free-to-Play experience. We value our subscribers greatly, and they are crucial to the success of Star Wars: the Old Republic.”
So, what do you think? Is BioWare (read: EA) trying to have it both ways with the F2P/Subscriber mix? Will SWTOR eventually go completely free to play? Sound off in comments.