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Star Wars: The Old Republic Introducing Free to Play Option

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You can almost here the ‘Good thing I waited’ and ‘Called it’ from people around the world as BioWare and EA reveal plans to make The Old Republic Free to Play. It hasn’t even been a year since The Old Republic’s initial release, but oh well.

Starting this Fall, a new Free to Play option will be added to SWTOR that will allow players to play as any of the eight available characters (up to level 50) and experience each character’s unique storyline. Of course, there will be some restrictions should you decide to play for free, but those restrictions can be lifted should you use the game’s new Cartel Coin currency to buy access to it. How you acquire these Coins has yet to be detailed, but you can probably guess that you’ll have to pay real money for them.

On the other hand, for those that choose to pay monthly, you’ll be given Cartel Coins on a monthly basis (like a space allowance) and will already have all the access you want to the new content and features coming to SWTOR.

“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.

In addition to SWTOR adding a Free to Play model, the game itself will be lowered to $15 in August with a free month of game time.

Now, for all of you current players that are still paying the monthly fee, you haven’t been forgotten as you will also receive  Cartel Coins, special in-game items (check out all that special stuff here) and BioWare will be working on getting the new content out at a quicker pace for you until the Free to Play model starts up.

 “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.” Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer on SWTOR

I’m curious to see how many people jump into SWTOR after it adds the Free to Play option. I’m equally curious to see how long they stay. At any rate, I probably won’t be among them because my graphics card isn’t awesome enough to handle it. Woo!

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.
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