Last month I mentioned how Bioware was offering a free trial for Star Wars: The Old Republic. The trial allowed players to try a small portion of the game with some restrictions. This free trail won’t be lasting much longer however. Bioware has announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going free-to-play this fall.
While the free-to-play version will allow non-subscribed players to have full-access to the game’s story content, other content will be restricted to them. For example, some of the character creation options (such as species) won’t be available for Free-to-Play players. Free-to-Play players are always behind Subscribed players in the login queues as well. For more information, check out the Subscription vs. Free Features page on the Star Wars: The Old Republic website.
To be honest, I’m not sure what to think about Star Wars: The Old Republic becoming a Free-to-Play game. While it seems to offer more content than the game’s current free trial, the upcoming Free-to-Play version seems to be just as restrictive. By the looks of it, I’d be better off becoming a Subscriber than playing the Free-to-Play version of the game. You know, this Free-to-Play move is probably EA’s attempt at gaining back some of the subscribers they lost. Who knows. We’ll have to wait till this Fall to see whether the Free-to-Play version of Star Wars: The Old Republic is any good or not.
Are you excited about Star Wars: The Old Republic becoming Free-to-Play, or are you leery of the restrictions associated with it?