Today, EA officially announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic will begin having a free-to-play option starting this fall. Gamers who take part will have access to the first 50 levels of the game but will be restricted to some upcoming content and advanced player features.
“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
Along with the new addition of free-to-play, EA will also be implementing a new in-game currency system called “Cartel Coins.” These coins can be purchased with real money and buy further upgrades in the game that aren’t available to F2P users and those who decide to do the monthly subscription will be given a grant each month for Cartel Coins that they can spend in the shop.
“Since launch, we’ve been listening to feedback from our fans and adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace,” said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of SW:TOR “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.”
Starting in August, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be on sale for only $14.99 and that will include one free month of subscription. If you already have the game, don’t panic! EA will be dishing out Cartel Coins and access to special in-game items for those already own it.
To check out the full details please visit the official SW:TOR website here.
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