July 31, 2012

SWTOR to be Free to Play

Bioware just reported that they intend to make Star Wars: The Old Republic ‘free’ to play. I have been hearing whispers about this for months, ever since a big patch issue and a few other dramas made them lose a huge player base. The game started out strong, pulling players from the behemoth World of Warcraft (including myself) but lost steam after a few months. The developers have decided that the monthly subscription is a restrictive format for some players. The game will be free to play up to level 50, and then to access end content there will be some sort of subscription or unlocking fees. They are also adding in something called Cartel Coins that will be currency in game that you purchase with real money. I absolutely hate this idea. I feel like every time a player has an opportunity to make gold/currency in a game with real money it cheapens the experience a little bit. I don’t want to feel like I have to compete with people who are throwing money at the game when I am not.

Making this game free to play could either bring back a player base, or completely destroy the game in my opinion. The success on this move completely relies on how they decide to play their cards with where players do have to spend money. I have been playing SWTOR since it was first released, and I do enjoy the game. However, the more and more I play the more I think it is just World of Warcraft in the Star Wars universe. Bioware simply fixed some things Blizzard did wrong, but I don’t see enough innovation. I barely even have to pay attention to any controls or figure out how anything works in the game, just because it is exactly like World of Warcraft. Is that a bad thing? Now that is another question.


  1. RAY16 - July 31, 2012 9:50 pm

    Took them long enough…¬_¬

  2. TattooedKitty - July 31, 2012 3:06 pm

    One of the reasons I stopped playing swtor was because I wasn’t sure I wanted to run two MMO subscriptions, especially when I didn’t have a great deal of time to do both swtor and WoW justice. So this might bring me back to the game. I’ve got a lvl 36 Sith Warrior so that’s a good few free play levels there. Also, you are right about how everything works like WoW, it was really easy to get into the gameplay… but for me that wasn’t a bad thing, it meant I could focus on other parts of the game instead. I guess if you pick things up really easily that’s not so much of a bonus though.


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