It didn’t take long – Star Wars: The Old Republic is going free-to-play this fall, nearly a year after the BioWare MMORPG launched for some good but not great starting numbers.
EA and BioWare will add the free-to-play model this fall, offering players access to the eight character classes and storylines up to level 50. However, this treat comes with a few restrictions (new content and advanced player features) that will only be lifted for those who go for the subscription model or by micro transactions, using the upcoming virtual currency, Cartel Coins. To further encourage any potential players, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be on sale for $14.99 starting in August.
The teaser page is already up, so check it out to know the details.
Electronic Arts have been hinting at a free-to-play model for Star Wars: The Old Republic for a while. Not only was the publisher studying free-to-play on SWTOR and then claiming it was a difficult thing to do, but also admitting to the difficulties of having a subscription model in a F2P world. Finally, EA ended by stating that the future is about freemium. And so it seems.