Star Wars: The Old Republic goes free-to-play this Fall

Though it will come as no surprise to most gamers, EA and Bioware have announced today that they are planning to integrate a free-to-play system into the existing subscriber-based model of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

They've said the change will be coming this Fall as The Old Republic will become a hybrid F2P game similar to highly successful F2P transition of Lord of the Rings Online. The subscription option will still exist, and those players will be essentially treated as VIPs and given an allowance of money to spend in the online store.

However, players will then able to download and play the game for free up to level 50 if that's the route they choose. They'll also be able to unlock specific restrictions individually.

“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, general manager of Bioware Austin, which produces SWTOR.

Something tells me we're going to have to amend our list of the best F2P MMOs. The switch to F2P will be coming in November.


  • Shinn - July 31, 2012 11:38 p.m.

    This is great for me. I paid for six months, but have had next to no time for it. I have no interest in the mmo side of the game, but I love the storyline and characters.
  • JachAnen - August 1, 2012 1:22 a.m.

    Same goes for me. The storyline is really Bioware quality and a joy to play through :)
  • ChiChiRocket - July 31, 2012 8:02 p.m.

    This is great for me, as I generally don't end up playing any MMO for more than a couple months. I'm sure I'll lose interest long before I reach the level cap.
  • ObliqueZombie - July 31, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    I was very regretful to hear this going to F2P, until I saw it's not-so-unlike-Runescape plan. I really like this idea, so that those of us who paid/still pay don't get ripped off. Smart move, BioWare.
  • PolarBearsInHeat - July 31, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    Hopefully it will be available through Steam, not just Origin
  • Viron - July 31, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    from what I understand you can just dl the game launcher
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - July 31, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    Will definitly play this now, glad to see it's going F2P.
  • Bloodstorm - July 31, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    Definitely not uprising. Might mean my trying it, but then again, might not. Guess it will depend on how much I like KotOR, which I picked up for a few back during the Steam sale.
  • NelosAngelos - July 31, 2012 1:42 p.m.

    Oh good. I guess my initial payment of this game won't go to waste then now that I don't need to waste a monthly fee on this.
  • antiAntag0nist - July 31, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    I may actually play it then. A bit off topic but from my understanding, ToR's campaign plays a lot like a proper single player RPG would. It's wishful thinking on my part, but I would like to see the story component released as a standalone game, possibly for download on XBL & PSN. I have no idea on how that would work but it would interesting to see happen.
  • ObliqueZombie - July 31, 2012 5:47 p.m.

    Hahaha, that would take much too much time and money from them, plus it'd have to be a completely different game. The MMO formula works horribly with a controller. That said, rest assured the story-lines are top-notch. I played through the entire Bounty Hunter's campaign, and half-way through the Trooper's, Jedi Knight's, and Sith Warrior's. All amazing, and most respected, better than many games on the market now.
  • KnowYourPokemon - July 31, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    Well, that didn't take long...
  • KnowYourPokemon - July 31, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    I don't really mean that in an insulting way either, wish more MMO's would take the F2P route.
  • larkan - July 31, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    This was considered to be the only competition for WoW and it failed, so why do other games like The Secret World, which is a niche market, even think they can compete with a subscription based service?
  • ThundaGawd - July 31, 2012 2 p.m.

    Most likely because The Secret World was a bit too full of itself. They thought they were introducing brand new mechanics into an MMORPG and as a result believed that it would be good enough to run on subscriptions, but as a lot of reviews suggest, it failed pretty horribly. It's only a matter of time before they go F2P as well, or the servers simply close down due to bankruptcy =/

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