Star Wars: The Old Republic now free to play

By Michael Jamias
star wars the old republic now free to play

Over the weekend, Star Wars: The Old Republic released its new Free-to-Play option that lets you reach level 50 without ever paying for a subscription or box fee.

Previously, free players only had access to a limited trial. Now, free players will be able to reach the highest levels and experience a large swath of content previously restricted to paying subscribers.

Even as a free rpg, Star Wars: The Old Republic still offers subscriptions that give exclusive items and monthly stipends of cash shop currency. Subscribers can spend the currency for convenience items, cosmetic gear and unique collectibles.

“We want to give our players the freedom to enjoy Star Wars: The Old Republic when and how they want,” said Matthew Bromberg, General Manager of BioWare Austin on why it rolled out the free to play option while still keeping the subscription option.

Star Wars: The Old Republic adds to the growing mmorpg list that have transitioned from a subscription-only model to a freemium model where players have the flexibility on how they choose to play a game. The new free-to-play option is expected to bring in a new wave of fans who have been curious to try the well-produced game but not enough to spend for the game box or monthly fees.

BioWare and company are hoping that it hooks players with free-to-play and convert some of them into loyal subscribers or cash shop patrons. We’ll wait and see if the gamble pays off.


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