Get Your Jedi On: Star Wars: The Old Republic To Go Free-To-Play

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News Posted: Wed, Aug 1 2012 3:34 PM
If you're not battling your way through the subscription-based Star Wars: The Old Republic right now, Electronic Arts wants to change that - and it's willing to offer a ton of free content to get you on board. Starting this fall, EA's BioWare label is providing a Free-To-Play option that lets you play a character to level 50. If you aren't hooked enough to buy a subscription by then, EA seems to be reasoning, it ain't gonna happen.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Goes Free-To-Play

There will be some restrictions. Although all of the eight character class storylines are open in the Free-To-Play version, (Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent, Jedi Consular, Jedi Knight, Sith Inquisitor, Sith Warrior, Smuggler, Trooper), certain content won't be available to Free-To-Play players unless they switch the traditional subscription model or make certain purchases. By the sound of it, though, a player isn't likely to encounter many restrictions until approaching higher levels of the game - at which point, presumably, he or she will likely be about ready to subscribe to the full version for a monthly fee. (Or via a Game Time card.)

What with all the effort to reel in new users, a current player might feel a tad ignored. Thus, EA is also throwing a bone to long-time and former players. Current subscribers are expected to receive Cartel Coin grants, and in-game items will also be distributed in certain situations. Former subscribers will also be offered some incentives.

EA Offers Free-To-Play Content On SWTOR

As we mentioned earlier, all of this is expected to happen in the fall. To build up excitement ahead of the changes, EA is offering the game for $14.99 (with a free one-month subscription) for the month of August. Sounds like it's about time to figure out which side of the Force you're on.
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deadmanet replied on Wed, Aug 1 2012 10:22 PM

Sweet, from what I've seen/heard, SWTOR wasn't worth the monthly fee for me. Now I might get a chance to try it out myself without losing anything.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Aug 1 2012 10:40 PM

I have a 50 Empire and several of both sides and am currently working on My Jedi Guardian who is now 35 or 36! Of course I have been in since 7 months prior to release.

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karanm replied on Thu, Aug 2 2012 3:29 PM

I'm with deadmanet, seems like the perfect opportunity to blow off some steam as a Sith warrior. Heard some good things about the game and now I just have to find the time to enjoy it thoroughly.

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InsideSin replied on Fri, Aug 3 2012 10:12 PM

Giving it a try a couple months ago, I couldn't see SWTOR getting my money long-term. I suppose other people had the same perspective as me too. I just think it was hyped up way too much and simply didn't deliver. At least now people who couldn't access it because of the money barrier will be able to play although with a few limitations.

"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."

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Kiristo replied on Mon, Aug 6 2012 12:51 PM

All I wanted was KoToR III, and this pretty much met that desire. The story is fantastic, especially now that it's going F2P, everyone should give it a playthrough.

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Jaybk26 replied on Wed, Aug 22 2012 3:55 PM

Wow, I heard this game wasn't worth the money, but I definitely think it's time to try it.  I loved the earlier KOTOR games.

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JOMA replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 10:35 AM

I'll be playing when it goes F2P. I won't pay to play any MMO anymore. Did my time with WoW and hardly had to pay for that playtime (used scrolls of resurrection)

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