Star Wars: The Old Republic now free to play

It was one of the most anticipated MMO game launches of all time when it came out in December 2011. However, neither developer BioWare nor publisher Electronic Arts were able to sustain high monthly subscriber numbers for Star Wars: The Old Republic. A few months ago, it was announced that the game would be turned into a free-to-play game.

Today, EA and BioWare flipped the switch on the free-to-play era of The Old Republic. This revamped version will allow anyone to play as all eight character classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic for free up to level 50.

Players will still have the option to subscribe to the game, which will give them additional in-game currency as well as access to a lot of exclusive content. There's also another option which grants some, but not all, of the game's content by purchasing any in-game items that total #4.99 or above. You can check out a list of all of the features available for free and paid players on the official Old Republic website.

It will be interesting to see if the switch to free-to-play will serve to boost The Old Republic's player base enough to keep it alive.

Source: Star Wars The Old Republic website | Image via EA

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Lot of QQ going on here. It's a fun game to play, if you didn't like it before f2p, what makes you think you'll like it now? This game has the best and most entertaining 1-50 experiences in any MMO. With F2p, you can enjoy the 1-50 game. If you want to stay on for end game content, why not sub?

cant send mail, no bank access, mounts 10 levels later then normal, cant equip purple items, less xp, no rest xp

wtf, this was a crap game with full access. This free to play crap just destroyed it. I guess ill stick with lotro free to play. At least on that game you get tokens in game for free to unlock stuff.

This game was pretty much an amazing single player campaign with multiplayer tacked on. At least, that's how it felt to me. I would have loved for them to have made this game the way the Neverwinter Nights games were made. Long, engrossing single player campaigns that can be played with multiple people. That, along with a toolset that would have allowed people to create their own multiplayer worlds.

Maybe I'm asking for too much.

NeoTrunks said,
This game was pretty much an amazing single player campaign with multiplayer tacked on. At least, that's how it felt to me. I would have loved for them to have made this game the way the Neverwinter Nights games were made. Long, engrossing single player campaigns that can be played with multiple people. That, along with a toolset that would have allowed people to create their own multiplayer worlds.

Maybe I'm asking for too much.

Agreed. But I don't mind that either. This just means I get to enjoy it as a good singleplayer.

Though, I plan on playing Kotor and Kotor 2, as recommended by my friends.

Was never into Star Wars before SWTOR to be honest. Used to hate it.

I lost my phone which had their authenticator application on it, so I can't login to my account. I sent a email; took them 5 days to reply saying I had to call to get it removed. Was on hold for 45 minutes never spoke to anybody. They made my decision for me to never play this game again. No wonder the most anticipated MMO is slowly failing.

wow that sucks, I've done that twice now and both times I got through to someone on the phone withing minutes and been able to play the game in under 5 minutes. They also fixed it at one point so I could re-add an authenticator.
Also I wouldn't say slowly LOL server merges (possibly two now I think) and F2p in its first year. Yeah it aint gonna be around much longer I don't think

Yeah I'll live without playing it. I wanted to login to where I logged out my lvl 50 Guardian (I think it was on Tatooine, cause it was my favorite planet) when I stopped paying to play. I actually just read through all the F2P "options" and I agree with the rest of you, its pretty horrible. Not worth anymore time on the phone.

The game was great for the stylistic way it looked also the story and voice acting was pretty awesome but it got old FAST

I was kind of keen to go back to the game again after F2P but they have chosen such a stripped out way of doing it and since I already have a couple of level 50 and several other high levels there is nothing to make someone like me go back.

I am still convinced that this time next year this game will be gone and I hope that someone creates a free server emulator for it before it goes. So we can also play the way it was before F2P

Even if the free-to-play option is rather limited, you still get the full 1 to 50 experience, which is amazing. Free is free, so it shouldn't hurt to try it if only for the story (levelling).

Wow that is the most stripped-down F2P model I've ever seen. I was considering coming back to this game once it went f2p but I doubt I will after seeing this.

Lord Method Man said,
Wow that is the most stripped-down F2P model I've ever seen. I was considering coming back to this game once it went f2p but I doubt I will after seeing this.

This ^^

Lord Method Man said,
Wow that is the most stripped-down F2P model I've ever seen. I was considering coming back to this game once it went f2p but I doubt I will after seeing this.

dw your nor missing much

Xilo said,
Too bad they have the worst F2P model ever. You can barely even play the game.
Except for the fact that you know, you can actually play it just fine or were people expecting full access to a multimillion dollar game for free?

ILikeTobacco said,
Except for the fact that you know, you can actually play it just fine or were people expecting full access to a multimillion dollar game for free?

You can't have an enjoyable experience. Like no fleet travel? Limiting amount of PvP and dungeons per week? Dumb.

There are other games that don't limit you as badly as this. EQ is one of those.

ILikeTobacco said,
Except for the fact that you know, you can actually play it just fine or were people expecting full access to a multimillion dollar game for free?

That's not what Xilo meant, and I'm fairly sure you knew that.

Basically they have probably the most stripped-down awful f2p setups I've seen when compared to other MMOs. I think the most generous I've seen was for City of Heroes.

Jaybonaut said,
Basically they have probably the most stripped-down awful f2p setups I've seen when compared to other MMOs. I think the most generous I've seen was for City of Heroes.

Unfortunately this is EA we're talking about; it's par for the course.

Xilo said,
Too bad they have the worst F2P model ever. You can barely even play the game.

Try Star Trek Online and your opinion will change...

Xilo said,

You can't have an enjoyable experience. Like no fleet travel? Limiting amount of PvP and dungeons per week? Dumb.

There are other games that don't limit you as badly as this. EQ is one of those.

I played this game when it launched and dungeons didn't work and there was no point to grouping up. The game was fun just as it was. Sorry, but just because you don't like playing a game doesn't mean other people don't. I found pvp pointless to begin with on this game so that changes what exactly? The game works and is still fun to play. Stop complaining that the entire game isn't free to play. That's just greedy and unrealistic.

ILikeTobacco said,
I played this game when it launched and dungeons didn't work and there was no point to grouping up. The game was fun just as it was. Sorry, but just because you don't like playing a game doesn't mean other people don't. I found pvp pointless to begin with on this game so that changes what exactly? The game works and is still fun to play. Stop complaining that the entire game isn't free to play. That's just greedy and unrealistic.

You talk about greed, yet most F2P models are just unlimited free trials of the game made to make you want to continue and spend money on it. Without dungeons the game loses most of the features of the MMO genre that make it attractive.