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Star Wars: The Old Republic Going Free-to-Play This Fall

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 31, 2012 01:10PM
Author: bp9801

The day has finally come folks: Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free-to-play this Fall. BioWare announced the news just a bit ago, which should make many people happy. SWTOR will allow you to play all the way to the cap of level 50, but some access to certain advanced gameplay features and group content will be restricted to paying users. Certain races will be restricted during character creation and access to Flashpoints, Warzones, Space Missions, travel, and Galactic Trade Network will be on a limited basis. Operations will not be available for free players at first, but BioWare will be implementing microtransactions to allow free players access to Operations and more, like higher-level content. The game will still have a subscription system for those wishing to upgrade from F2P or keep their current subscription. Current subscribers will get some added bonuses, like extra Cartel Coins to use on the Cartel Market for unique items, and priority access when logging in to a server.

Star Wars: The Old Republic will be on sale for $14.99 on August 7th, which nets you a free month of in-game time and rewards like Cartel Coins. You can check out the differences between free and subscription modes to see if buying Star Wars: The Old Republic is something you want to do or stick with free.



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VaporX on July 31, 2012 03:59PM
For the record, if you doubt hit the archives, we on Computer Ed radio predicted this very event in our review of the game. At the time people dismissed us and called us nuts. Sorry to disappoint we are not nuts, we just have enough balls to speak it true!
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The Source on August 1, 2012 08:59AM
It isn't really going F2P though computerEd, they are simply adding a limited F2P mode, have a look at the differences. You are restricted to a limit of warzones and FPs each week, you can't do any operations at all, you have limited AH usage, limited race choices... you don't even have access to all the flight paths. This is the right move, moving straight to F2P degrades a game's quality, the only reason they make more money is simple psychology, people don't think twice about spending $0.49 on something ingame... it's fifty cents who cares, but then you do it again.. and again and again. Pre-F2P Aion was a much better game despite it making less money than it's F2P model.

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