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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option

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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option
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SecretAgentM's Avatar

08.24.2012 , 12:06 PM | #1151
I have been a subscriber since the beginning. Of all the Star Wars games I have played this one offers the most variety of play for single-player and multi-player modes. I think it is silly and foolish to say you aren't going to play this game anymore because it's now going to be free to play.

So, what are your options? Go back to the store and spend $60 on a game that you may enjoy for 2 weeks and then trade in for $5? That's what makes MMOs so great. You buy the game and it expands for you.

You have a great game here that is going to be FREE and you have an option to open up so much more new content if you pay only $15 per month. If you can't be happy with that then I feel bad for you because there is probably nothing in life that will satisfy you. The only way this will be a bad thing is if BioWare does something that puts out the subscribers to accommodate the F2P'ers. As long as the subscribers are first priority in all aspects then I am in full support of this move.

Metalmac's Avatar

08.24.2012 , 03:55 PM | #1152
I want to know what BioWare is going to do about the insane SERVER LAG that will result!

SJRnakano's Avatar

08.26.2012 , 04:57 AM | #1153
free to play till lvl 50? so what exactly is the point in paying? could lose a player or two not just a subscriber, lvl cap should be lower. totaly spoiled my day hearing this

Barbarola's Avatar

08.26.2012 , 06:17 AM | #1154
After reading a few of the comment pages i do understand why some of you feel this could be an end, but please see it from a different view and think of this as a beginning. subscriptions have dropped in the past few months, the reasons of the ones who closed their accounts I'm sure are their own but when you open a game to being free to play you bring about population growth and possible potential subscribers for those who wish full access. I myself am not big on PVP but i have done it once or twice just for fun, as for Operations it is difficult as it is to get an Ops team put together to bring down a world boss let alone an Operations Flashpoint.

As far as content goes my first fuss would probably be we need more options in terms of personal travel, not just speeders we buy off the market or have made by players that have the heart for the skill. like on Hoth we could ride Tauntauns or even something similar to this -> . there are a lot of ideas to explore if Bioware would stop letting Electronic Arts run the show, i know most of you are not fond of the mini-game-style space combat that we have but for now it's all we got to be able to use our ships for more than just a safe rest zone and personal space travel. I admit it's a little fun but like most of you i wish i could fly freely throughout the field in space when on mission, during that first mine blockade mission i always miss a bonus target because they keep shooting at me but they go off screen so i can't shoot them back.

this is probably a bit off topic but i feel if we're supposed to get guild capitol ships then guilds run by F2P players should still be able to get one for their guilds, me personally it would be nice if those capitol ships had living quarters, mess hall, onboard cantina, training area, library archives, mission and quest givers, hangar bays for the 4 classes of each side, onboard Galactic Trade Network terminals. those would be great but again Bioware has to stop giving EA the big piece of the cake on SWTOR, in my opinion this is Bioware's game and we are Bioware's loyal customers.

finally i wish to express an idea that i feel we could have added to make roleplaying on roleplay servers more enjoyable and perhaps the other servers as well, it is called open speech. now sure most of you use mics and headsets to talk to your close friends but you speak in "say" chat it's just words at the top left of the screen, you don't hear what your character says in their own voice except in mission briefings and class cinematic vids throughout the character story. i say why not let your character's voice be heard every time you type in "say" chat, it could be a nice idea and especially for us roleplayers it could bring about new ways to have fun with our friends.

well i think I've run out of steam for this post but i would love positive feedback from you fellow players and i hope to continue to enjoy the life in the Old Republic with all of you for years to come

NasherUK's Avatar

08.26.2012 , 06:27 AM | #1155
I think people are forgetting that ALL of the competition (appart from wow, which is also in decline) are now "free-to-play". People are not going to pay a sub when they can play something similar for "free".

Odium_Hector's Avatar

08.26.2012 , 07:36 AM | #1156
Has Bioware released a date for the F2P to go into effect yet?

Barbarola's Avatar

08.26.2012 , 08:05 AM | #1157
Quote: Originally Posted by Odium_Hector View Post
Has Bioware released a date for the F2P to go into effect yet?
as far as i am aware they only have a set month in place which is November of this year

Barbarola's Avatar

08.26.2012 , 08:08 AM | #1158
Quote: Originally Posted by NasherUK View Post
I think people are forgetting that ALL of the competition (appart from wow, which is also in decline) are now "free-to-play". People are not going to pay a sub when they can play something similar for "free".
you're missing the point, please try to understand that creating content requires time and funding. without subscribers the company won't have the extra funding to make new content so the F2P players would also get nothing unless there are a few subscribers to support the funding for new content

ViperZeroOne's Avatar

08.26.2012 , 12:29 PM | #1159
I actually think this is a VERY smart move on the part of BioWare. When STO went F2P their player base jumped and so did their profit. I know myself I've never subscribed to STO and yet I've probably spent over a year's subscription in just a few months due to purchasing gear, ships, etc. All they have to do in STO is put out a new custom uniform that people will want and they can look forward to making $1000's in profit off it. I don't even want to know how much they made off their "lockbox" campaign. I know some friends who have spent over $150 for packs of lock box keys just to try and get the rare ships.

Trust me, F2P is not going to cost BioWare money, it'll make money (as long as the store sells good stuff). I'd rather see them go F2P and save a dying subscription base than eventually shut down the game for it being unprofitable.

Hell, F2P virtually resurrected City of Heroes, which was so close to death it wasn't even laughable.

Mallorik's Avatar

08.26.2012 , 12:45 PM | #1160
Quote: Originally Posted by NasherUK View Post
I think people are forgetting that ALL of the competition (appart from wow, which is also in decline) are now "free-to-play". People are not going to pay a sub when they can play something similar for "free".
I 100% agree with you, why pay for something when you can play something just as good for free? Wow wont be free anytime soon because there is nothing out there that is on the same level as wow that is f2p. Rift is an excellent example of what swtor should have done, instead of going f2p they just fixed the game and kept adding content, now their numbers are rising and at the rate trion pushes out new content it is wows only established competitor.

Swtor decided to go the way all the other failed f2p gmes have, instead of fixing the game and putting out new content they are just going to give the game away, they say theres new content coming "someday" but if they were serious about improving this game they would have fixed it first and then announced f2p to get people to come try it. The people that come back to try f2p will be extremely disapointed to see that its the same game they quit months ago.