BioWare will be expanding the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO by adding a new ‘Free-to-Play’ option in the third quarter, giving players access to each of the eight Star Wars character class storylines, all the way up to level 50.
Players can get unlimited game access, including what BioWare deem as a new “higher-level game content” and new features. This will be made available through individual purchases or through a subscription option.
“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.
“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.
Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic added:
“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.”
There will be two different ways to play Star Wars: The Old Republic:
- Subscription – A service designed for players who want unrestricted access to all the game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content as our current subscribers do now, subscribers will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins, the new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase valuable in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.
- Free-To-Play – The first 50 levels will be Free-to-Play, with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be “unlocked” with Cartel Coins.
Star Wars: The Old Republic will go on sale in August for around R120 ($14.99 USD) which will include one-month of free subscription.
Current and former players will be treated to more frequent game content updates starting in August. Current subscribers will also receive ‘Cartel Coin’ grants and qualify for access to special in-game items.
Former players who re-activate will also qualify for special benefits, which you can learn about here.