Free-to-Play option coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic this fall
BioWare and Electronic Arts announced today that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be adding a new free-to-play option this fall. This new F2P scheme will give players access to the eight current classes and their storylines up to level 50.
Of course, as is the case with most freemium titles, should you want higher-level game content, certain new features, and unique items, then you'll have to make specific purchases or simply opt for the subscription model.
"Since launch, we've been listening to feedback from our fans and adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace," said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic. "We believe we are in a position to help improve the service even more, not only by continuing to add new content, but also by expanding the game to many more Star Wars fans, increasing the populations on worlds and the vibrancy of the community."
Starting sometime this fall, both the subscription and free-to-play options will be available in SWTOR. Here's what you can expect from them, according to the BioWare press release:
Subscription – A service designed for players who want unrestricted access to all the game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content as our current subscribers do now, subscribers will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins, the new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase valuable in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.
Free-To-Play – The first 50 levels will be Free-to-Play, with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be "unlocked" with Cartel Coins.
In August, BioWare and EA will reduce the price of Star Wars: The Old Republic to $14.99, and will include a one-month subscription. Find out more about rewards for current and existing players as well as exactly what's in store for the game going forward by visiting the official site and SWTOR F2P FAQ through the links below.
Source: BioWare press release
Link 1: SWTOR.com/free
Link 2: SWTOR Free-To-Play FAQ
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