Published on August 1st, 2012 | by J3SS2
Star Wars the Old Republic goes free to play this fall
It seems the Star Wars brand just isn’t enough to keep people paying on the regular. After reporting a significant loss of subscribers due to the lack of end-game content, BioWare has made the logical choice to go free to play with Star Wars the Old Republic.
According to the press release, BioWare is offering two options in their F2P model:
Subscription – A service designed for players who want unrestricted access to all the game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content as our current subscribers do now, subscribers will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins, the new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase valuable in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.
Free-To-Play – The first 50 levels will be Free-to-Play, with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be “unlocked” with Cartel Coins.
Personally, I thought it was pretty arrogant to think that Star Wars is strong enough to come out as a full blown subscription game when everyone else in the industry has already begun to jump that ship. And to add insult to injury, SWTOR offers nothing new to the table of MMO’s as far as gameplay.
It’s gonna take more than creative payment plans to get me to come back to the game. *yawn*
Are you willing to pay a premium to access higher levels?