Star Wars: The Old Republic could go entirely free-to-play as subscription rates fall
Star Wars: The Old Republic doesn't seem to be doing so well. Last month, SWTOR lost about 400,000 users. Almost immediately afterwards, BioWare laid off a considerable chunk of their development team for the game.
In the face of all this bad news, BioWare might just make the entire title free to play. While speaking to GamesTM, SWTOR's lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi explained that this may well be a case where the MMORPG has evolved, and BioWare needs to evolve with it.
"The MMO market is very dynamic, and we need to be dynamic as well," said Lusinchi. "Unless people are happy with what they have, they are constantly demanding updates, new modes, and situations. So we are looking at free-to-play, but I can't tell you in much detail. We have to be flexible and adapt to what is going on."
Lusinchi expressed a belief that, as a result of the success of the free-to-play genre, F2P is becoming a genuine competitor for the more traditional MMO model. This competition, says Lusinchi, is making BioWare reconsider its current plans.
"If it was just free-to-play games and they weren't very good it wouldn't even be a question, but there are definitely good games out there and good games coming out, so of course all of this competition impacts your plan with what you want to do."
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