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Subscription vs. Preferred vs. Free-to-Play

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Subscription vs. Preferred vs. Free-to-Play

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GalacticKegger
12.11.2015 , 12:43 PM | #1
For anyone who is considering an account status change, what follows is intended to help make your decision an informed one. All prices are USD.

Subscription, Preferred, Free-to-Play feature comparisons
http://www.swtor.com/free/features (looks like this page was removed - that didn't take long)

SWTOR Expansion to Free-to-Play Option - Frequently Asked Questions
http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6449

Subscription Options
  • $14.99 for 30 Days (recurring @ $14.99 per month)
  • $41.97 for 90 Days (recurring @ $13.99 per month)
  • $77.94 for 180 Days (recurring @ $12.99 per month)
  • $29.99 for 60 Days (non-recurring)

Cartel Coin Purchase Costs
  • $4.99 for 450cc
  • $9.99 for 1050cc
  • $19.99 for 2400cc
  • $39.99 for 5500cc
  • $99.99 for 14500cc

Escrow Transfer Costs (available in the Cartel Market)
  • 40cc per 50K Escrow transfer
  • 80cc per 150K Escrow transfer
  • 240cc per 600K Escrow transfer
  • Maximum credits allowed in escrow ≈ 4 billion (unofficial)

All 7-day passes cost 240cc each.

Thank you to all who contributed. Cheers!
Can we please just have our pre-KotFE SWTOR MMORPG back?

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GalacticKegger
12.12.2015 , 06:37 PM | #2
Subscribers on the fence who are considering a wait and see approach by dropping to Preferred Status really need to beware. Subscribers lose a LOT going to Preferred. The longer they've been playing and the more they have invested the more they will lose.
Can we please just have our pre-KotFE SWTOR MMORPG back?

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Jeweledleah
12.12.2015 , 07:13 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by GalacticKegger View Post
Subscribers on the fence who are considering a wait and see approach by dropping to Preferred Status really need to beware. Subscribers lose a LOT going to Preferred. The longer they've been playing and the more they have invested the more they will lose.
that depends.

for example. I already have all possible one time unlocks added to my account. becasued I've been playing since launch, not only did I have enough credits to buy them off GTN, but I also caught them back when GTN was flooded, making the costs relatively low.

extra cartel coin cost so far? zero.

I also bought a whole bunch of ops passes when they were going for about 100k a pop or less. not that I've been running a lot of ops lately, but if I wanted to - I'm set either way.

extra cartel coin cost so far? still zero.

don't need other passes becasue I barely run groupfinder flashpoints or pvp nowadays (and never been too big of a fan of ranked anyways), so preferred limits are more than sufficient for me. (and they don't apply to manually entering a flashpoint anyways)

legacy = fully maxed. strongholds=fully maxed. character transfers are still cheap, so if I wanted to give myself more storngholds to play around with, I can just transfer character or two to another server and have my full legacy available there.

still getting 100 cc per month for having security key attached.

here's what I'm truly losing.

acess to all my credits. ability to queue crafting and use all 6 companions instead of 3. ability to mail credits (there is a way around it anyways, same as mailing more than one item at a time). possibly acess to couple of lowbie alts I don't really play due to character slot limits... unless those character slots I got from insta 60ties are still open. ability to get boxes from quest rewards.

most of the preferred restrictions are of the petty rather then essential variety.

oh yeah... starting feb - new story chapters. but seeing as you can just unlock them in one fel swoop at a later date? again, meh.

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GalacticKegger
12.12.2015 , 11:42 PM | #4
Wow ... you already have your Plan B covered. I personally did not anticipate this game being turned into something other than the SWTOR I'd been playing since beta. At least not overnight. So I never entertained a plan B, and imagine I'm not alone there. Which is why I'm posting what I find and appreciate all your input.

And I forgot all about the companion crafting limitations.
Can we please just have our pre-KotFE SWTOR MMORPG back?

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Jeweledleah
12.13.2015 , 01:10 AM | #5
not the first time I've been unhappy with direction this game was taking :P although... to be honest, i originally did the plan b because at one point we were trying to spend as little as possible and $15 a month might not seem like much, but it does still add up. I've been preferred for a few weeks. depending on your playstyle it can be either horrible, even with all the unlocks... or barely noticeable.

on crafting. you also get lower crit chance while preferred.

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ALaggyGrunt
12.13.2015 , 04:15 AM | #6

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branmakmuffin
12.13.2015 , 04:25 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by GalacticKegger View Post
The longer they've been playing and the more they have invested the more they will lose.
What? You don't lose anything because you get it all back if and when you re-subscribe.

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GalacticKegger
12.13.2015 , 08:48 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by branmakmuffin View Post
What? You don't lose anything because you get it all back if and when you re-subscribe.
So no characters above 6 will get deleted? Because I could not find that information anywhere. If they don't get deleted then dropping to Preferred would make sense.
Can we please just have our pre-KotFE SWTOR MMORPG back?

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branmakmuffin
12.13.2015 , 08:54 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by GalacticKegger View Post
So no characters above 6 will get deleted? Because I could not find that information anywhere. If they don't get deleted then dropping to Preferred would make sense.
That's why you have to mark your 6 choices as active. The others stay inactive until you resubscribe (or delete one of the active ones, I suppose). It would be a major downer if they got deleted. If that happened, lots of people would just quit entirely never to return rather than dropping to Preferred then (possibly) resubscribing later.

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Jeweledleah
12.13.2015 , 10:15 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by GalacticKegger View Post
So no characters above 6 will get deleted? Because I could not find that information anywhere. If they don't get deleted then dropping to Preferred would make sense.
you keep all characters, you just lose active acess to some of them. acess that can be reacquired with either purchased extra character slots and/or resubscribing.

nothing gets deleted. it kinda works similarly to escrow. not exactly the same but similar idea.