BioWare has announced their MMO, Star War: The Old Republic, will be free-to-play beginning this November. The free-to-play feature will give gamers access to the first 50 levels and all eight playable and character classes. There will be some limitations with the free-to-play model. Gamers who are playing the free-to-play SWTOR model will be able to purchase items they lack with Cartel Coins.
A subscription option will still be available for those who want to access higher-level content and unlimited game access.
"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," said Matthew Bromberg, GM of BioWare Austin.
SWTOR will go one sale this August for about $15, including a one-month free trial.
BioWare has reported a steady decline of subscriptions for SWTOR since its release in late 2011. Many have speculated the MMO would eventually become a free-to-play game. Are you surprised by their announcement?
With update 1.2 one of the first places you should go after you log in is your legacy vendor. Here, you will find all kinds of great stuff including orange belts and bracers for purchase (assuming you have the proper legacy level), complete orange armor sets, and all sorts of perks and extras for your ship including a GTN kiosk and mail terminal.
The Republic legacy vendor can be found on Coruscant (Master Khovari) in the Senate Commercial District.
The Imperial legacy vendor can be found on Dromund Kaas (Lord Cherkolotar) outside of the Craft and Trade Market in the Galactic Trade Center.