Saturday, January 31, 2015
The Old Republic transitioning to F2P this fall

The Old Republic transitioning to F2P this fall

As was foreseeable, Star Wars: The Old Republic will go free to play eventually, with, of course, some restrictions over subscribed users applying. EA said today that BioWare’s latest MMORPG will be available this August for 15$, with the price including a free month to play.

Not too long ago, people were able to download the game’s client and install to play with limitations, up to level 15, for free. Now, BioWare allows people to play for free up to level 50, with a subscription model like DC Universe Online’s taking over, meaning the game is completely free to play, but you can always pay for some more stuff. More specifically, BioWare’s Austin GM Matthew Bromberg said that “Players want flexibility and choice. The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republic universe.”

According to BioWare’s press release, these are the two options available for The Old Republic from this fall and on:

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.

The developers have also promised more regularly released content, starting quickly, from this August. This move was inevitable from BioWare, seeing how MMO’s can still be very profitable within the F2P model, if they can handle the paid aspects of the game correctly. With their 1.7 million paid subscribers falling quite fast to 1.3 million months after launch, EA and BioWare had to think of a way to bring people in, as well as money. Now, we can only hope the galaxy lives long and prospers, so we get more of the game.

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  • CaribbeanCLANK

    After Mass Effect 3 I want NO part of Bioware and the games they develop.

  • Christos Chatzisavvas

    I’m not mad at them for Mass Effect 3. I waited a few weeks before I went full-crazy, and I never went, simply because I saw announcements hinting at DLC for the endings. It also came for free, so why make a fuss? I’ve had more terrible experiences from games, and not only did the developers not apologize, they didn’t even discuss on the possibility of changing something.

    So, BioWare has my respect for at least trying. You can’t satisfy everyone, anyway, but going in with the mentality that “this is what I have, bear with it” like Square Enix etc is what bothers me.

  • nick

    im with clank, after the atrocity that was ME3 i wont be touching another bioware game even if you gave it to me!
    hell you could not pay me to play it!
    ME3 was such a kick in the balls to ME fans!
    not only the endings which were total pants, and massive disappointments!
    but also the characters in ME3 were no where near as fleshed out and compelling, the side missions were so boring, and the care and emotions you got from ME2 were non existent!
    ME2 is one of the very few games released this gen that actually made me care for the characters, and truly believe one day we could hop on a spaceship and wonder around and maybe, just maybe, we will run into sheppard and his shenanigans!
    it just had such a depth and personality to it.
    it really made you care about ti, it really made you care about the characters, it was one of the very few games i actually cared about!
    ME3 though i could not care less if the whole universe got obliterated!
    thats why everyone is so pissed off at bioware!
    not because of the piss poor endings, and lack of differences when they were promised to be dramatically different.
    there pissed simply because the connection and emotions you felt in ME1 and 2 are non existent in 3!