Big news for those looking to get into Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA and BioWare announced today that the popular MMORPG will have its price slashed to only $14.99 sometime this August, and that a new Free-to-Play option will be added to the game sometime this fall. The new price includes one month of free gameplay. Here are the two options that will be available sometime in the very near future. EA also says there will be far more updates to the game in the coming months to address player complaints and suggestions.
- Subscription – A service designed for players who want unrestricted access to all the game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content as our current subscribers do now, subscribers will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins, the new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase valuable in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.
- Free-To-Play – The first 50 levels will be Free-to-Play, with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be “unlocked” with Cartel Coins.
What’s most interesting about this news is that it proves the MMO landscape is quickly changing. More and more MMORPGs are having a hard time locking in players with monthly subscribtions, with World of Warcraft being the exception. Free-to-Play has seen tremendous success as of late and I believe this new pricing scheme will benefit those looking to try the game, but are unsure if they want to stick around for the long haul.