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.