Back in July EA announced that they would be turning Star Wars: The Old Republic into a free to play MMO. This move was done mostly because they were losing subscribers at an alarming rate. They are still losing subscribers but this move to free to play is supposed to help generate a move back to the game. However, ever since EA made this announcement, we haven’t heard anything else about the move other than it was coming later this fall.
Well today we finally got some information on what we can expect from Star Wars: The Old Republic free to play model. People who choose to play the game for free will have access to the entire story mode up to level 50. However, most everything else will be limited to being able to do it three times a week: “three PvE Flashpoint runs, three PvP Warzone battles and three Space Missions each week.”
You can buy a weekly pass to gain unlimited access and can also use Cartel Coins to unlock the limits on the Cargo Bay and Inventory storage as well. In addition, free to play users will not have access to Operations unless they buy a Weekly Pass; but this may not effect most players because to equip the best loot in the game a license is required.
There are other limitations as well, but most of those are not going to affect the way you play the game. For example, people who continue their subscriptions will have priority in the login queues. People who play for free will also be limited to only one Crew Skill slot and have limited number of Field Revivals when in the middle of nowhere.
To see the complete list of limitations you can go to the main Star Wars: The Old Republic here. There is still no timeline for when the game will be released as free to play; it is still listed as later this fall.
Are any of you going to go back to Star Wars: The Old Republic once it goes free to play or did you find that once you beat the story that there is basically no point to going back and playing through again?