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Star Wars: The Old Republic Now F2P

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Website announces BioWare's sci-fi MMORPG is now officially free-to-play, though subscriptions are still supported by the game's new hybrid business model. The F2P era comes with a new patch to update the game to version 1.5, so here's word on both changes:

BioWare™, a studio of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), and LucasArts announced today that the new, Free-to-Play option for the critically-acclaimed, massively multiplayer online game, Star Wars: The Old Republic is now live. Now players can experience the complete storylines of all eight iconic Star Wars classes, all the way to level 50 for free. This new option complements the existing subscription offering, providing players with maximum flexibility in how they choose to experience Star Wars: The Old Republic.

“We want to give our players the freedom to enjoy Star Wars: The Old Republic when and how they want,” said Matthew Bromberg, General Manager of BioWare Austin. “There has never been a better time to start playing with us.”

Also today, BioWare released Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated, which adds new areas to explore, a new Companion character and more, including:

  • Get ready for an action-packed adventure to earn control of one of the galaxy’s most deadly Assassins, HK-51. Submerged beneath the icy surface of Belsavis lies a derelict ship and if you are brave enough to venture through the wreckage, you will embark on a mission that ultimately rewards you with a powerful new, yet familiar, ally the ruthless Assassin Droid, HK-51.
  • Explore Section X, a previously untouched area of the prison world of Belsavis. The Dread Masters’ servants are searching for a powerful and ancient weapon. Fly to Section X and secure the target of their search to be richly rewarded.
  • Travel to Denova to take on Operation: Explosive Conflict – now with a Nightmare Mode! Teams who complete in this new mode can earn the final pieces of the Dread Guard gear set and a brand new mount that will be sure to cause tank envy!

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48. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Now F2P Nov 16, 2012, 23:50 loomy
 
free to play games are just a rediscovery of the computer game demo. the demo went away during the last console cycle because they were popular enough to eviscerate computer gaming altogether. now here we are again, learning how to do the demo.

do you just give them the start of the game? do you cripple them?

it is like when this stupid "DLC" idea came along which had to rediscover the expansion pack.

people don't want dinky waste of time expansion packs, and people don't want broken un-fun demos. the point of the demo and free to play AND the full game is to make you have fun so you want to pay to have more fun. whether paying more means paying for the full game or paying for an expansion. it is all a twist on the same shit!

if developers studied what worked and what didn't in the past they wouldn't be fumbling so blindly right now

they didnt let you SPRINT for a while there? come on
 
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