SWTOR Goes Free-to-Play Today, Care Much?
If you’re like me, you signed up for SWTOR when it launched all wide-eyed and giddy with delight at the thought of dual-wielding lightsabers or throwing about hate-powered purple lightning. And if you’re like me, somewhere 3-6 months down the line the magic wore off. SWTOR was a well done MMO, but didn’t do anything particularly spectacular. So now that it’s available with no monthly subscription fee, is it worth your precious MMO time?
Honestly, not much has changed in terms of overall functionality or game experience. You may be interested in completing your character’s personal story arc or seeing old friends in-game again, but that is tempered by the standard quest-driven level grind and the nagging doubt of not having full access to the game. If you are a returning player, you will get some Cartel coins to use in the microtransaction store, but after those are gone you will have to decide if the semi-limited content access is for you.
I will be returning to the game for the one reason that keeps me interested in most MMOs long term, I have friends there who are waiting to adventure with me. If you are heading back in to see what’s new, today’s patch also includes a quest line that rewards you with a new Companion, a new set of daily missions (who doesn’t love dailies!), and Nightmare mode difficulty added to a recent raid.
If you are still hesitant about dipping your toe back into the SWTOR waters, tomorrow we’ll have a guide up to explain what you get with free-to-play and what you don’t. If it’s anything like Lord of the Rings Online F2P system, it might just be worth it.