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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option

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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option
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CourtneyWoods
07.31.2012 , 03:08 PM | #1 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
Executive Producer Jeff Hickman addresses the fans about our Free-to-Play announcement:

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I want to reach out today to share my thoughts on our recent announcement to expand our game to offer a Free-To-Play option this fall. I’d like to give you some insights into why we made this decision, how it benefits you and how enthusiastic our team is about this new direction.


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07.31.2012 , 03:46 PM | #2
F2P till level 50?.

Congrats you've just killed swtor.
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07.31.2012 , 03:47 PM | #3
I am not surprised by this- and not because of the whole TOR is "not doing well" idea. I've seen other games go with this hybrid model and actually not only do better financially, but be able to do more about improving the game.

My only concern is really is when are you guys going to add in same-gender romance options. That is a big reason for why I've played the game. I really don't care for the new companion as the HK's were never my favorites in KOTOR.
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07.31.2012 , 03:47 PM | #4
"Boosts" were mentioned as available in the cartel shop, what are boosts and will they affect combat in any way?
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AlyxDinas
07.31.2012 , 03:47 PM | #5
I'm for it. More options means more players. I for one, will continue to subscribe. But I like the notion of expanding methods of experience.

TOR's issue, from a financial standpoint, was the inclusion of a box fee and sub. This doesn't get rid of the latter means of monetization. It adds another. I'll be curious to see what this means for the game itself and content generation.
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Tylerlee
07.31.2012 , 03:48 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by CourtneyWoods View Post
Executive Producer Jeff Hickman addresses the fans about our Free-to-Play announcement:



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Why is the Sub remaining $15 when 50% of the game is free?

If I buy a Big Mac and Fries and the Fries are F2P I'm only going to pay for the Big Mac right?

What benefits does a subscription give? Full WZ and Ops is not worth $15 a month. Even less so with the obvious slowing of patches due to focus on maintaining F2P players.
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SteppeMerc
07.31.2012 , 03:48 PM | #7
I hope that this will prove to be a positive change.

I am somewhat disturbed that no mention has been made of same sex romance, or the promised addition of Cathars to playable species. These features are of far more interest to me than a new pvp area.

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Joushigun
07.31.2012 , 03:50 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Pigdaddy View Post
F2P till level 50?.

Congrats you've just killed swtor.
I seem to remember people saying the same thing about Star Trek Online...it seems to be doing pretty well since F2P launched.
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xDementedx
07.31.2012 , 03:54 PM | #9
I will definitely enjoy F2P, because I will no longer be paying.
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Raduaerosx
07.31.2012 , 03:55 PM | #10
Looking forward to see the goodies ! thanks for the info
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