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The inevitable is finally a reality: Star Wars: The Old Republic will officially transition to a hybrid free-to-play model this fall.

Players will be able to experience a majority of the game for free, including the first 50 levels and all eight classes, EA BioWare revealed today.

The Old Republic will still be available in the current subscription model. Subscribers will be given an allowance of store currency called Cartel Coins to purchase customizable gear among other things.

“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,” said BioWare GM Matthew Bromberg.

Check out BioWare’s free-to-play FAQ for more details on the transition.

  • CliveRogan

    This isn’t too surprising.  Free to Play is a pretty profitable model for a game to take, Wikipedia tells me that Lord of the Rings Online’s profits tripled when it went F2P, and Team Fortress 2 is still raking in money thanks to all the hats you can buy.

    It turns having to pay for a game into paying for it if you want to, and slightly bizarrely people are always willing to pay for something if it’s free.

    • CliveRogan

       Also, my brother almost bought this a week or so ago, I imagine he wouldn’t have been too thrilled if he’d bought it to find out he no longer had to.

  • Elletnah

    OMG I love this game.. Totally will get it after F2P is up

  • http://www.twitter.com/matsemann08 Matsemann08

    Great, now I can return to the galaxy.
    MMO subscription costs are to much for my relatively casual MMO playing style.

  • http://www.hypable.com/author/freya/ Anna Roberts

    This is good news for the MMO industry as a whole. Sub fees need to go for the genre to continue to grow. In a way it’s kind of sad for SWTOR: with such a ridiculously huge investment it’s a huge disappointment that the game hasn’t held onto the majority of its initial subscribers. Moving to F2P should ensure the medium-term future of the game but it’s also an admission that their original revenue generation plan didn’t work out as well as they’d hoped. I’m tempted to give it a proper go now, but when GW2 comes out I can hardly imagine sticking to TOR. 

  • Tcporter21

    if they had it on console im sure it would have done way better

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