The Old Republic, Free-to-Play Already?

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jul 31, 2012 in Star Wars, Videogames |

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BioWare made the official announcement earlier today — Star Wars: The Old Republic will be receiving a free-to-play option this fall. I know there are a handful of you out there who still play the game, and might be worried that the change in format might require you to embrace micro-transactions. You’ll be pleased to know that might not be the case, after all. Indeed, there will be several options available to you. If you choose to go the free-to-play route, you will have access to all eight character classes and can play for free until you reach level 50, at which point, high-level content can be purchased through micro-transactions. If however, you choose to go the subscription route instead, you’ll be spared that fate with unlimited access to the content. But wait, there’s more…

Subscribers will also be granted a monthly stipend of “cartel coins,” a new in-game currency used to purchase enhancements, custom items, and more. I know what you might be thinking, “pay to win,” right? Well, that could be true, but I imagine EA will want to keep the game as balanced as possible. In addition, BioWare plans on upping the frequency of new content, add-ons, and more to help encourage former players to return to the game. If these new options appeal to you, head over to the BioWare website to find out more.

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