Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P Details Emerge
We’ve known that BioWare’s definitive Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, was going free-to-play for some time, but we’ve yet to be given set details regarding what will really be free in-game, and what will cost you a pretty Cartel coin or two. Thankfully, we’ve got some more information via the game’s official website. Get PSYCHED.
For those in the tl;dr crowd, just know that while you’ll be limited in the ways (and amounts) you can play the game, all of the narrative missions and story-focused character content will be completely free. For those desiring more detail about the pros and cons of subscription and non-subscription accounts, read on.
Free players will be limited to three attempts a week per Flashpoint mission, PvP Warzones, and Space Missions. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase a weekly pass for unlimited play if you find yourself needing more attempts (or simply want to repeat missions). Operations, known as SWTOR’s version of raids from World of Warcraft, are 100% off-limits to free players. Again, like the other missions, you’ll be able to purchase a weekly pass for timed access to Operations if you so choose.
Cartel coins are the currency of the relaunching SWTOR, and can be used by free users to purchase upgrades for their limited cargo hold and inventory. If you’re a paying subscriber, you’ll receive a regular influx of coins to spend, as opposed to having to purchase them in set amounts like non-subscribers. Non-subs must also deal with longer quick travel cooldown times, limited field respawns, and the overall inability to use “most” purple-tier equipment — unless you purchase a license for it from the Cartel Market using those oh-so-popular Cartel Coins.
As you can probably tell, there are certainly quite a few notable restrictions on the shoulders of free-to-play SWTOR‘ers. However, it’s good to remember that (with the exception of Operations), you’ll have access to the extensive (and entire) collection of character stories and missions. For absolutely zero dollars, that’s one heck of a deal.
As long as I can keep a little droid beside me without a subscription account, all is well in the galaxy.