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.

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10 Comments on SWTOR Goes Free-to-Play Today, Care Much?


On November 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm


Air Jimma

On November 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I was so excited for this game and went into it at full steam. I made it to level 30 before I quit. They managed to make an MMO feel empty. I was playing on a full server at launch and it felt more empty than a single player game.

The only appeal of this game going free play for me is that I can go back and work through my class story at my leisure. Once I finish that though, there won’t be a reason to stick around.

They should have just made KOTOR 3


On November 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Yeeeah they give you 100 Cartel Coins for being a returning player which…. amounts to precisely nothing. I believe you can unlock some of the Legacy stuff with Cartel Coins, otherwise from what I saw everything in the Shop is 120 coins and up. Pretty much what Air Jimma said, I’m just going to finish up my characters story (Also that 2 character limit PER SERVER is stupid)


On November 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Well, for me its downloading and installing right now (has been for a while. 25gig DD whew.)

What can I say? I wanted to try it.


On November 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

As far as I am concerned, I’ve been playing since the start with a bunch of friends and it’s been a lot of fun and still is. Playing alone wouldn’t do it, but playing with people you have a chance to meet again is just fun. Or am I the only one ?
Oh, and I’m more of a space science fiction fan than a wizard dungeon dragon medieval fantasy fan. I feel more at home in SWTOR than in WOW


On November 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

I was sucked into this. Turns out the coin they give you is waaaay short of what you need to unlock the most people would see as necessary to play the game. Just getting the quickbars and authorization to wear the gear that doesn’t suck will set you back a little over $20… lame


On November 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

And now uninstalled. I can now say 100% that [imo] its a crappy crappy game.


On November 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

SWTOR F2P is crap, lower exp rates for Preferred and F2P players….WTF!!!!


On November 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I returned to find that the free to play has only 2 quickbars which for me makes it unplayable. I used 4 when I played the game.

On one level of the main station there was no and on others a 10th of the population it used to have.

This game really needs more players to make it work.

This free to play model just won’t work. Bioware have not changed one bit since the launch and still don’t listen to player input.

Don’t waste your time.


On January 2, 2013 at 2:20 am

Tried F2P. It is crap.

Never going to buy coins, probably never play again, the XP reduction makes it too hard to level, just to follow the story line. Honestly what do you do when all quests are complete and you cannot beat last boss in area to move on.

Shame shame shame EA / Bioware.