Star Wars: The Old Republic Going Free To Play
A long time ago, in a galaxy that’s free, free to play…(see what we did there?)…
Well Bioware’s officially caved. After a less than stellar launch and declining interest over the course of the year, they – and publisher EA — have came out and announced that they’re going to be adopting the free to play model up to game level 50 for Star Wars: The Old Republic.
The update will be releasing this fall, and will be available to all eight classes.
The free to play option will not be completely replacing the standard model, but will run in tandem with the system. Free to play people will have to buy and use ‘Cartel Coins’ to access certain content within the game, while monthly subscribers will naturally get access to the whole package as standard.
“Players want flexibility and choice,” said Matthew Bromberg, BioWare Austin’s general manager.
“The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republic universe.”
The new free to play model will also see the game be slashed in price to just $14.99, hoping to give people an incentive to actually get involved in the game’s MMO style of play in the first place.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has been somewhat of an extreme let down so far. Countless fans of the Star Wars series (and the Knights of the Old Republic series) awaited this new MMO with bated breath, with many even predicting it could actually be a WoW killer. Alas, Star Wars: The Old Republic has proven to be somewhat of a failed experiment so far, but here’s hoping the new free to play model will give the game the shot in the arm it needs.
Update: EA has now confirmed that the free to play model for Star Wars: The Old Republic will now launch in November.
What do you think of the decision to include free to play in Star Wars: The Old Republic? Will you play it? Or will you still tell them to go shove their Jabba up their Hutts? Let us know in the comments.