Star Wars: The Old Republic going partially free-to-play this Fall
BioWare’s MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic will be getting a free-to-play option starting this Fall. The option will give players access to all 8 of the player character class storylines up to level 50, “with certain restrictions.” Players who want to have access to the full game will be able to continue playing like before, with the monthly subscription, or can unlock additional content through micro-transactions.
By choosing to keep your monthly subscription you’ll not only have access to the entirety of the game, but you will also start receiving monthly gifts of Cartel Coins. Cartel Coins will be introduced this fall as well, and will allow players to purchase exclusive items or unlock additional content, such as some of the restrictions for the free-to-play model. In addition, current players who keep their subscription going after the update will qualify for access to special in-game items. And, former players who renew their subscription before the update will qualify for these rewards, too.
“Players want flexibility and choice. The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republic universe,” said Matthew Bromberg, GM of BioWare Austin, giving the reason for the change.
The first step towards the new free-to-play model begins today, with SW:TOR going on sale for $14.99 USD, including a one month subscription.