SWTOR to go F2P, Bets are Over.
The shocker of a title says it all, more or less.
Some time ago, Emmanuel Lusinchi of BioWare mentioned Star Wars: The Old Republic going free-to-play; player subscriptions took a noticeable hit and the pennies just weren’t flowing. Although it isn’t an uncommon practice for a developer to lay off staffers after a big release, I offer my genuine sympathy and really needy cat to all the recently released Austin-based employees.
On this fine day in July, Electronic Arts released a statement declaring every storyline up to level 50 shall be free-to-play come Fall. Current paid subscribers of Star Wars: The Old Republic will be rewarded accordingly with a monthly 150 Cartel Coin bonus; the new in-game currency will make a similar Fall appearance and can be used to purchase swanky gear and other convenient, game-enhancing crap.
Then again, I’m sure some people just can’t afford to lose more money ontop of Netflix, XBL, Secret World, TERA, L.A. Fitness, L.A. parking, L.A. rent, needy cat, etc., for another trite MMO with barren end-game content; however, BioWare is promising more regularly scheduled good stuff once August rolls around.