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Star Wars: The Old Republic gets free-to-play November 15

Star Wars: The Old Republic has been preparing to implement a free-to-play hybrid option for several months, and next week BioWare will finally flip the switch. The developer today announced it will activate free-to-play on its release servers on Thursday, November 15.

The MMORPG will retain paid subscriptions while letting free players move up all the way through their class stories to level 50. Free players will encounter several restrictions such as limited weekly access to PvP Warzones and PvE Flashpoints, which can be lifted either through microtransactions or by paying the typical monthly subscription.

While the game enjoyed a strong launch in December 2011, its subscriber numbers dropped quickly. The game had less than 1 million subscribers as of July, EA reported in its first quarter 2013 financial statement.

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4 comments

  • Craza - November 10, 2012 12:41 a.m.

    Hmn, with that, I think I might have to check it out finally.
  • Balaska - November 8, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    I agree, I subbed for about 9 months. I will enjoy finishing all the stories and if I find my self in a guild again I will resub.
  • ObliqueZombie - November 8, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    I still think it's a shitty system, blocking off a lot of people like that (including me, who LOVED the PvP), but I'm excited! This means I can finish a lot of fantastic story archs!

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