Star Wars: The Old Republic now free up to level 15

Today EA has announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic now has a "free trial" where players can enjoy the game for free until they reach level 15. There is apparently no time limit on this trial, and anyone is free to join up regardless of whether you have a previous The Old Republic account or not.

The trial is not particularly limited either; you still have the ability to check out all eight of the starting classes and their Origin Worlds, you can meet up with friends via Flashpoint and also compete against other players in Warzones. If you are after the free trial, you can simply head to swtor.com/trial to create an account.

Star Wars: The Old Republic subscriber numbers have been dropping since the game launched in December 2011, with EA losing 400,000 between February and May this year. By introducing a free trial to the MMO, EA probably hopes they can stem the flow of deserters and hopefully continue to grow the game's numbers.

Via: Eurogamer
Source: SWTOR

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OK, so what exactly happens when you hit 15? Does the game lock you out until you go paid, or does it just stop allowing XP and such and you can still putz around the game (or whatever part the trial allows)?

ir0nw0lf said,
OK, so what exactly happens when you hit 15? Does the game lock you out until you go paid, or does it just stop allowing XP and such and you can still putz around the game (or whatever part the trial allows)?
According to the FAQ, the free weekend passes and the friend trial keys both work up to level 15 also, and you simply get a notification that you cannot progress any farther (level-wise) without buying the game. So I would assume the new free-to-15 will work in a very similar (if not the exact same) way.

bjoswald said,
I think I hear the sound of another nail pounded into the coffin.

The nail is all the other quality MMOs out there - both paid *and* F2P.
Let's face facts: MMOs chew up massive amounts of *time* (especially the better ones); throw in a poor economy along with a disturbingly large number of MMOs (most of them, in fact, F2P from the start or conversions, such as Aion and Global Agenda) and you run out of hours in the week (it's why both WoW and Rift - two of the better MMOs according to Neowinians themselves, moved to a level-limited trial - which is the new SWTOR model - as opposed to a time-limited trial).

I've played NINE different MMOs over the past six months - only SWTOR and TERA had traditional trials. With SWTOR moving to level-limited, only TERA (of the nine) still has a traditional trial. (The remaining seven are all F2P - and I don't have enough hours in the WEEK to play just those seven - two of the ones I haven't been playing lately are Global Agenda and Champions Online.)

Aha, just what I've been waiting for! EA refused to let me into the free weekends before, because I already had an account (even though I never even played the game), so I can finally check it out, and probably see why I'm not buying it (besides the subscription fees).