While it has been hinted at for awhile today it's official: Star Wars: The Old Republic has gone free-to-play. EA made the announcement after revealing yesterday that the subscription numbers for the MMO developed by BioWare had fallen well below one million registered users.
The new free-to-play option for the game will launch sometime this fall. This option gives players access to each of the eight Star Wars character class storylines all the way up to level 50, but with certain restrictions. Unlimited game access, including new higher-level game content and new features, will be made available through individual purchases or through a subscription option.
Starting this fall, there will be two different account tiers in Star Wars: The Old Republic: subscription and free-to-play. Subscriptions will get unrestricted access to all game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content, subscribers will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins, a new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features.
Free-to-play will offer the first 50 levels with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be removed with Cartel Coins.
Star Wars: The Old Republic will go on sale in August for $14.99 USD, including a one-month of free subscription.
Current and former players will also find additional benefits as part of this program. BioWare will be increasing the frequency of game content updates, with the first of many new releases coming in August. In addition, current subscribers will receive Cartel Coin grants and qualify for access to special in-game items.
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