Is it wrong to feel bad about the failings of a game? I don’t know, but my heart is quite warm after Gamespot tweeting about Star Wars: The Old Republic becoming free to play this fall. Current subscribers and people that bought the game will have access to special items and rewards, as well as possible access to the next update. The game will also be improved in general and have more frequent updates. You can play until level 50, but you can further extend the game with microtransactions.
Players want flexibility and choice. The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republic universe, – GM of BioWare Matthew Bromberg
Since launch, we’ve been listening to feedback from our fans and adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace,” said executive producer Jeff Hickman. “We believe we are in a position to help improve the service even more, not only by continuing to add new content, but also by expanding the game to many more Star Wars fans, increasing the populations on worlds and the vibrancy of the community.
Well now that game is free-to-play soon, is anyone planning on playing it? To begin the transition, you’ll be able to buy The Old Republic for $15 in August, and it comes with a one month subscription. This can’t be good for EA, with stock owners getting belligerent at the company’s recent devaluation. Just like with Tribes: Ascend, filling the game up with microtransactions doesn’t lead to a long lasting playerbase. The Old Republic is already a ghost town, so it’ll be interested to see if they can keep players involved.