To those who are not force sensitive enough to know, the popular Lucasarts published massively mutliplayer online role-play game (MMORPG), Star Wars: The Old Republic by Bioware, a studio under the ownership of Electronic Arts, has become free to play. The developer finally gave into a trend affecting many other MMORPGs and, after much expectation, finally made the shift from its subscription only model.
Players can now explore the expansive worlds of Star Wars: The Old Republic by themselves or with friends with absolutely no obligation to pay. There are unfortunately limitations, as with many MMORPGs on a free to play model, that will still remain closed or restricted to players taking advantage of the game’s new freedom. Though all story based content will not be affected, players who want to take advantage of features like gaining specific skills such as sprinting more quickly, sending mail to other players or getting more inventory space, will have to pay to do so. They can upgrade to preferred status by making a purchase of $4.99 that will slightly remove some of the restrictions. If gamers want to unlock the game fully, they will need to pay for a subscription.
“We want to give our players the freedom to enjoy Star Wars: The Old Republic when and how they want,” General Manager of BioWare Austin Matthew Bromberg said. “There has never been a better time to start playing with us.”
Bioware has also updated the game to version 1.5. Among the new features added include a new nightmare mode for the Operation: Explosive Conflict mission on the planet Denova. Completing it will unlock a powerful new mount and the final pieces of the Dread Guard gear set. On the planet Belsavis there is a new location known as Section X and an opportunity to attempt to stop servants of the Dread Master acquiring a powerful new weapon. Another addition to the planet, and the spotlight of the update, will be an extensive new quest that, if you win, will add the deadly assassin droid HK-51 to be your ally.
The force is indeed strong with this update. Star Wars: The Old Republic can be accessed via the game’s official website.