Star Wars: The Old Republic free-to-play Nov. 15

BioWare's massively multiplayer online role-playing game adding free option next week, less than a year after launch.

Less than one year after launching as a subscription-based boxed product, Star Wars: The Old Republic will add a free-to-play option November 15. Publisher Electronic Arts confirmed the date today in a tweet.

Those who jump into BioWare's massively multiplayer online role-playing game next week will be able to play as any of the game's eight classes, though some races will be limited. Players will be able to advance to the game's current level cap of 50, but some of the content along the way will either be restricted, including some travel options or the number of player-versus-player warzones gamers can join in a given time, or outright closed off, such as the game's raid-like Operations. These restrictions can be lifted either with microtransactions or subscriptions.

"The reality of the marketplace today...is that the subscription model is a barrier for consumers," BioWare Austin studio general manager Matthew Bromberg said at the time.

For more on Star Wars: The Old Republic, check out GameSpot's review.

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gp3tron
gp3tron

Oh Man, They cancel the Battlefront games, no Xwing Reboot, No Republic Commando 2, no Empire at War 2, no Episode 1: Racer: Reboot, meanwhile, Chris Roberts is bringing Star Citizen, a Wing Commander Spiritual Succesor, Sony just brought out Planetside 2, Piranha games with Mechwarrior Online are reviving the franchise, Crytek are working on Warface, a scifi shooter, Strike Suit Zero just came out... so, no hint seen here, Lucasarts? really? way to go guys...

ExplosiveChorro
ExplosiveChorro

lol wtf, how did i miss this. called this last year. 

Alygator
Alygator

I just wonder... When is EA gonna die already?

Isidore12
Isidore12

I just spent few hours SWTOR F2P, and to make it short, it is appalling. They cut in everything so you have to pay in $ to "unlock". For example, most of the rewards are now for subscribers. You pay to extend your inventory, to equip a purple item, to have normal exp, to respawn where you die, to teleport, etc. You think you are going to level up? Normally you have to finish all the missions to be able to change of planet. Now they have downgraded the exp, you will stuck on the first one. Lucas have been greedy and is going to lose its gamers for that.

zhaffy
zhaffy

I've played both subscribtion and F2P, and I tell you, they really castrate your balls in F2P. You don't even have access to something basic like additional action slots. you have to pay to unlock tons of shit that seems so basic. y'now what? I'll stick to Guild Wars 2

coorta
coorta

So far it is an hour late for the launch time. Not a good way to impress new players at all.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

For anyone who never gave the game a try because of fees, do yourself a favor and at least try it. It really is an amazing game and extremely fun/well done. I followed it for at least 3 years before I finally got into beta and early release and it was well worth the wait.

 

I canceled months ago because I just didn't have time to play nor would paying the monthly fee be worth the little time I had to play. But with this option, you can't go wrong with this game.I know I'll definitely be going back to play it now.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I havent bother with this game because of the fees but now i will defiantly give it a go and see if i like it.

all games should be free to play. u buy the game for the retailer then the last thing u want to be doing is paying a subscrition fee on top of that every month.

they should make a subscritions at least be paid in gaming time not just monthly fees. u should get a month of gameplay not just a month then have to pay more to play next month

tgwolf
tgwolf

OKAY! Now...Now...ONLY NOW will I take a look at this game! Seriously, it's about time. What was your clue that this would be a good move...maybe the fact that every other game is f2p??? Hmmmm, what a conundrum indeed!

cephas90
cephas90

That's nice.  You started P2P, even though the model to follow was F2P.  I could care less for your company.

dkdk999
dkdk999

Someone should do a fund for kotor 3. I'd be willing to shell out some money for that.

sonicare
sonicare

Honestly, if I want a good free to play MMO, there's only one place I'm going.

so_hai
so_hai

There's too much competition in the market now for the dedicated gamer to bother signing up to anything. We play the best games available, and games with subscription models rarely stay the best for very long.

Leeric420
Leeric420

I think people who constantly complain about their not being enough end game content in these mmos, need to think where they are coming from. The games coming out are not WoW they havent had the game out for 10 years to build content on it like that. And unfortunately they wont ever be able to. They should just have it Guild Wars style, and that will solve a bunch of problems.

I remember a guy saying he didnt like guild wars because of end game content, there wasnt much there, then he went on to say he plays almost everyday for AT LEAST over 6 hours. Well yaaaa when you video game addicts are out playing nonstop a game that was just released 2 months prior,  as opposed to a game that has had years of video game addicts playing non stop your at a disadvantage right?

That said i really enjoyed SWTOR, most fun Ive had leveling ever, i had it on a crappy pc though and couldnt do any pvp because of frame rate. If SWTOR would come out with a Mac version I would play.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

Honestly I feel the large subscription based MMO is largely dead. The only reason WoW carries on as it does is because it has such a large user base built in an era when the subscription model wasn't as much of an issue because many users either had their subscriptions being paid by someone else (their parents usually), or because money and time wasn't as tight for the adult users. Now the game is loosing numbers as adolescent players hit the point they have to pay for things themselves, and adult players with jobs just don't have the time or extra money. The only thing retaining most of the player base these days is the invenstment in time they've made in their characters, they can't just let those thousands of hours go so they keep paying into it. Where as new games in which they've not become established can't make the subscription model work because players don't already have the personal investment in the game like they do with WoW that helps them justify the cost.

DFL274
DFL274

Making this MMO in the first place was the dumb idea.  They should have just made KOTOR 3, which is what people wanted in the first place. 

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

OMFG... Companies are so damn stupid it makes my brain hurt. Attn: morons: unless your MMO is called "World of Warcraft," you can't have a monthly subscription fee. Every freaking time they do this, then have to waste additional resources designing the free model. Stop. Just stop... Make it free to begin with, and save us all the trouble of your poor decision making skills and failed logic.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I like the idea of a subscription menu, although I can't understand what possible justification there can be for restricting the number of skill quick slots for non-sub players. I think SWTOR has gone diddely on, but I hope the idea of pay-once single player + flexible sub MMO, for games with good SP campaign like SWTOR, will catch on.

Zoza24
Zoza24

November 15 is my Birthday :D

stkennedy
stkennedy

MMO's nowadays are missing things needed before they release, either end game content, new types of content (things other mmo's dont have), "decent pvp"(large scale), end game content and/or decent story.

They say it takes years to  create an mmo, it only toke me a minute to think of a half decent list of what an mmo needs to be successful.

Once i reached level 50 on one of my charaters and started to make another, i saw that this game wasnt going to last, it had a great story, but it was similar on all charaters bar the main story, even the evil side had similar story features, the pvp was bad, no large scale pvp to speak off, and finally the end game content was lacking.

5 years to make this game, *sigh* they shoulda spent more time thinking about what to make.

jazilla
jazilla

if you never bought the game, then you will love it. if you have a few max level characters, they are doing nothing to get you to return. In order to get my 900+ cartel coins(the currency for their cash shop) they are requiring me to re-sub again. Also, people that bought the game and subbed are only being given 2 character slots. if i want to play the other characters that i have at max level, i have to pay for unlocks. they are also gating skill bars in the cash shop. 

 

it's funny to me that arenanet charges box price and i can BUY character slots for guild wars 2 with in game gold. with swtor i have to spend money to be able to use characters that are already max level beyond picking 2 after a patch theya re putting in and there is a credit cap. i will be sticking with GW2.

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

I guess the crew of the TORtanic are...

 

*Sunglasses*

 

...Deploying the lifeboats.

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

Honestly, I'm happy about this, I might finally pick up this game now. Doesn't matter that raids are closed off because I'm more of a single player...for me now I guess this is the closest thing to kotor III I'll get at the moment

metallic
metallic

For all those saying they should have made KOTOR 3...the game is free now.  Give it a go.  The story is just as good as KOTOR.  I had a few "WHHAAATT?!?!?!" moments during the games story.  I don't play the game anymore mostly because I can't justify paying for a monthly sub when I can only play game casually on weekends.

Triton
Triton

I'll give this a go.

starfox15
starfox15

All for it. The more people playing, the better.

jubeio
jubeio

This game was not fun, I enjopyed it for a little bit but then realised it wasn't KOTOR at all there was no decent story ( I did love the start sequence for a jedi that was awesome)

Ledah
Ledah

It's saddening to see a great franchise as KotOR like this. Why did you had to make an MMORPG instead of KotOR 3? I have no idea what was Bioware thinking... oh, of course it's the EA mark that destroy's awesome series.

toddx77
toddx77

Hey EA your over priced DLC is a barrier for me, are you going to make that free?  Didn't think so.

khaliss
khaliss

 @Isidore12 This post is dumb, it's all about choices... I played F2P till level 10 just to try it out, and tell you what, I got impressed on how well developed and polished it is, Everquest & WoW (the two biggest names in MMORPG) were not as good as how this game is right now (during their first year of launch).  Bioware/EA gave me a chance to fully try out this fantastic MMO so rich with detail and set in the Starwars universe before I felt the need to commit.  The F2P community is currently thriving, and there is just something about MMOs that you enjoy which I can't seem to get from single-player RPGs.  With the lush virtual world and the obvious production value put into this game, I felt that spending $40 to get points is well worth it... being a very casual player, I don't think a subscription is appropriate for me.  5500 cartel points should be enough to get me going for a year =). Some of you freeloaders are naive, nothing is really for free in this world.  If you want to play something nice, you gotta pay.  You all will learn that as you grow up and get a job.

TachyG
TachyG

 @Bl4KD37H

 I think it's pathetic they way you talk trash about people you know nothing at all about just because they are better at a game then you are.

WakizashiSabre
WakizashiSabre

 @Fernin-Ker Exactly what I thought about those people. GF Plays WoW and she is annoyed by the community and dirty talking all the time, she is killed or bashed by others. So why does she play the crap? I am glad I played the game for a bout the year and then stopped suddenly from day to day and have not touched it.

 

Glad I can give a time to really good games or another hobbies.

jjfddf
jjfddf

@Fernin-Ker This is spot on

cephas90
cephas90

 @DFL274 I'll tell you what scares me: kotor with microtransactions.  It's just the type of money whoring and franchise leeching that we CAN expect for EA, especially if it's dear to us.  

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

 @TheCyborgNinja If the devs had focused more attention on the end game aspect at level 50 rather than the first 30 levels, they would have retained a lot more subs than they did.

JimmyJimJim
JimmyJimJim

 @jazilla Well that's just stupid. All I really wanted to do was maybe level up a few new characters to max to go through the story. The rest of the game is stupidly boring, hell even the story I've noticed on all three of my chars two of which I got to max got slow and tedious around lvl 30. Which is coincidentally when my brother would stop playing and my friends, you basically have to grind through the 30s and once you start getting in the late 40's is when the actual story picks up again.

Mellowcow
Mellowcow

 @metallic And that's the problem. Once you've seen the story, you've seen everything. Even worse, only few of us are ready to do side-quests over and over again which is unavoidable should you play multiple characters. Bioware doesn't take advantage of the MMO aspect at all.

Valacan
Valacan

 @jubeio The story is one of the only things about it that is stellar. Clearly you weren't playing Imperial Agent.

Mellowcow
Mellowcow

 @Ledah It's not even really an MMORPG. It's a static theme park with a glorified chat. Let us wage actual wars, conquer planets, make up a Dark Council of player characters.

jjfddf
jjfddf

@J_Dangerously @TheCyborgNinja The game had as much if not more end game content at release as any other MMO

JimmyJimJim
JimmyJimJim

 @jazilla lol cant even equip most purples in free to play.. wow, only 3 warzones and or flashpoints a week. Geez what a joke

jubeio
jubeio

 @Valacan You shouldn't have to be p[laying imperial agent, you should be able to pick any class any alignment and have a great story, its one thing a lot of MMO's haven't done brilliantly but its the main thing everyone hoped for.

Valacan
Valacan

 @jubeio  @Valacan Although I liked Imperial Agent best, I did like every story at some point. The writing in the class quests was high across the board. Doing the planet missions over and over however did get tiresome.