As rumoured last month EA and Bioware have announced that their Star Wars MMO game The Old Republic, will soon follow a free-to-play model for gamers. Allowing players to level their characters to level 50 for free, but with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features within the game.
The shift from a subscription based MMO to a free-to-play game has been prompted by the 25 percent decrease in players of The Old Republic. Matthew Bromberg, GM of BioWare Austin explains in the EA and Bioware press release:
“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,”-“Since launch, we’ve been listening to feedback from our fans and adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace,” added 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.”
As an extra incentive the price of the game will also decrease to $15 and provide a month free subscription as well.
Source: Lazy Gamer