SWTOR To Ease Back On Free-To-Play Restrictions

When Star Wars: The Old Republic went free-to-play earlier in the month, players and critics alike were very unhappy with Bioware’s idea of what comes free and what does not. One of the biggest complaints was being restricted to just two hotkey bars to slot abilities. Any character past the mid-20s in level will have more skills than two hotkey bars could hold.

In a message on the official forums last night, the SWTOR Online Community Manager announced that in a patch coming next week, players with Preferred Status (aka non-subscribers who have made at least one purchase in the microtransaction store) will be getting two more hotkey bars for a total of four. Those of you who already ponied up cash for the two extra bars via the Cartel microtransaction shop will be getting details shortly about Bioware’s plan to compensate you.

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6 Comments on SWTOR To Ease Back On Free-To-Play Restrictions


On November 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm


Again, EA at his best…

From what I’ve heard, there are far more restrictions they need to fix…

Red Menace

On November 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

So glad I fought the urge to buy this.


On November 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I guess the real question you need to stop and ask yourself is:

A company thought it would be a good idea to restrict the ability to functionally play the game to paying customers. You can’t do anything with so few toolbar slots. Why on earth should you trust that company with your money even if they’ve now seen the light, allegedly?


On November 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I hopped in today after not playing since February. Thought I’d give them the benefit of the doubt. Hopped right back out when I saw the restrictions.


On November 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm

The problem really isnt about how much is hidden behind the cashshop, though the UI and Artifact (read: purple colored items) restrictions are an issue. The real issue is whats hidden behind the subscription only restriction. In a nutshell subscribers get the game “as intended”, while non-subscribers get reduced returns on many aspects. Instead what they should be doing is giving the free players the game as was intended and then give subbed players actual bonuses. Stuff like, subbed players can do Heroic missions more than once every 24 hours for example.


On November 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

So now I guess if we complain enough about all the other ridiculous restrictions they put in place maybe, just maybe, they’ll realize how stupid they are and get rid of them too. They just need to have the cash shop be used to purchasing extras, not the base aspects of the game which people who used to subscribe are used to having, and they’ll make exponentially more money off of happy players.