Star Wars: The Old Republic Inching Closer to Free-to-Play Model
By Joseph Christ on July 10th, 2012 (8 comments)
There have been rumors for some time that Bioware/EA were looking deeper into a free-to-play model for their Star Wars MMO, and considering that these rumors came among some fairly significant subscriptions drops, they made sense. I've argued in the past that the WoW MMO model has long been on life support and would most probably be dead in the near future, being replaced by the free-to-play open world model that makes games like DayZ and Minecraft (the latter just having a starting fee associated) thriving at this very moment.
Now it seems that SWTOR may be inching closer to that model. Starting today, SWTOR will offer new players the opportunity to experience the first 15 levels of the MMO for free. Any of the eight character classes can be made and the PvP zones are also available to these new players. Basically it's the entire meal with no restrictions...up to 15. Although, with a current level cap of 50 perhaps we can just call it a very hearty appetizer.
I have my own feeling about MMO's (I'm done with them) but if you're still willing to try out this slightly antiquated model of online play with a Star Wars skin thrown on top, then here's your chance to do it for free. And you never know, you might just like it for awhile.
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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