BioWare (a label of Electronic Arts) has announced that this fall, their “takes-a-licking-and-keeps-on-ticking” game will adopt a free-to-play model. Of course, we’re talking about the hurricane known as Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Players will now have two methods of getting into the MMO. If you choose the subscription model, all current and future updates will be included for free (provided you keep your subscription in good standing). You’ll also be granted a monthly allowance of the new currency called “Cartel Coins“, which allow you to purchase cosmetic items and “convenience features”, among other things.
If you choose the free option, you’ll be able to progress all the way up to level 50, though some content and “advanced player” features will be restricted. Some of these restricted pieces can be unlocked with the aforementioned Cartel Coins, so at least there’s that. In August, The Old Republic will also see a price drop to $14.99, which included a one-month free subscription.
Is it enough to peak your interest and try one of the most hotly-debated MMOs of recent memory? Or if you used to play, will this entice you to come back?