With a steady decline of subscriptions, server merges and layoffs at BioWare Austin, I knew that Star Wars: The Old Republic will eventually embrace the Light Side MMO model. By that, I meant, someday, the game will go free-to-play. I was right!
Here’s a snippet of the press release from BioWare:
BioWare™, a Label of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), announced today that it will be expanding the story-driven, massively multiplayer online game Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ by adding a new Free-to-Play option this fall. This option will give players access to each of the eight iconic Star Wars character class storylines, all the way up to level 50, 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. —Official SWTOR Site
Well, that was quick. The game hasn’t been out for a year. Yet, here it is. SWTOR, a F2P MMO. I was really surprised by this move.
As the first step towards adding the new Free-to-Play option this fall, in August at retail Star Wars: The Old Republic will go on sale for $14.99 USD, including one-month of free subscription.
The cheapskate gamer in me is doing the “Running Man” dance move because of this news.