SWTOR adding Free-to-Play options
Many have speculated that Star Wars: The Old Republic would go completely Free-to-Play or have some sort of option along those lines. The speculating is over, SWTOR will have a Free-to-Play option coming this Fall. What will this mean for current subscribers or those just starting the game with the subscription model?
More details on on SWTOR’s Free-to-Play option after the Jump…
As stated above, there will be an option to play the game from level 1-50 in the Free-to-Play model. However, this does not mean subscriptions are not viable for the future of the game. In fact, to have access to new content like Nightmare mode for Operations you will need to have a subscription. There will also be the addition to a new vendor system, known as the Cartel Market. This will be a place to purchase new customizable gear and convenience features.
Now all of this is “hot off the press,” so the exact details of when and how this will all work is still not completely known. In my opinion, this is not a complete Free-to-Play as it is like how ArenaNet runs their Guild War franchise. Whatever form payment takes this Fall, does mean some big changes coming to the SWTOR Universe. Change is not always welcomed, but it is not always a bad thing.