The Old Republic goes free
EA and Bioware have sent out word that they’re adding a free2play option to Star Wars: The Old Republic this coming Fall.
The new option will give players the possibility to play with any of the eight character classes and storylines up to level 50, but of course with certain restrictions that can be unlocked with “Cartel Coins”. If you want to play without limits, there will still be the normal subscription possibility.
According to Matthew Bromberg, GM of BioWare Austin, the subscription-only model is a major barrier for people who just want to try out the game and with this new option they hope to take that barrier away. As of August, the game will also be on sale for $15 including one month of free play.
Executive producer Jeff Hickman feels this new free2play option is giving gamers the flexibility they are looking for:
“Since launch, we’ve been listening to feedback from our fans and adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace,”
“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.”
As of coming Fall, following possibilities for playing will be present:
- 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