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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option

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Announcing a Free-to-Play Option
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Baerschke
08.02.2012 , 10:58 AM | #731
The problem of SWTOR is not the price. For a good MMORPG, I'm always willing to pay 12-15 per month, but SW: TOR is not such a good MMORPG.

One time the story is enjoyable, but not more. The operations does not appeal to me, PvP in this game makes little fun, it lacks in the game on community-forming posiibilitys like a good crafting and trading system, player cities, etc.

Even to play through a second class I lack the motivation because I have absolutely no desire to make the whole planet quests again. It's just a single player game with some multiplayer features.

The new payment model change not one real problem of SW:TOR. The hopes that SW: TOR has been raised before the release, was very disappointed.

Too bad that SWG has been switched off, it had few quests, no voice but motivation for many years. You should have not only copy from WOW, but from SWG to

(Sorry for my bad englisch, google translator is not perfect )

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Valkirus
08.02.2012 , 10:58 AM | #732
Quote: Originally Posted by Dellgar View Post
I am not sure if this has been answered. But will the free player be able to join guilds, if so will they be able to go on raids with the guild or will they be blocked? How will we be able to tell if someone is free and who paid
It has been answered. FTP players cannot do Operations. Which is the raids in TOR.
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mSum
08.02.2012 , 11:21 AM | #733
OK so this goes into effect in the fall, let's say October. That's 10 months of subs for me $150. I'll get 1,500 cartel coins. Will this allow me to play high end content and PvP for free using my amassed coins?

I'm not willing to pay $15 for half my current content either. I'm going to feel like I'm paying for the F2P people to play. I'll switch to F2P day one. I keep my coins right?

PS. Tuesday night sucked BW.....reboot your servers more often! Entire server was complaining about lag. Did you fire the guy that's in charge of reboots each week?

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nkgc
08.02.2012 , 11:22 AM | #734
I also was not excited about this game model. Just because I thought the day that they would adopt this method would be to pay to win. But I love the game and all I can do is hope that the game continues in a good way. What good can come out of this is that I can call my friends to play SWTOR and get them out of the damn WoW. So they can test the game to see if they like, and finally, choose whether to stay or not.

Please Bio Ware never adopt the model P2W.

And I really think you should improve the system to avoid lags and let the servers more stable. Done that would be much better!

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mSum
08.02.2012 , 11:32 AM | #735
Quote: Originally Posted by Silkule View Post
I'd definitely suggest to read the following -

http://www.swtor.com/free/features

If anything, subscribers are getting at least 50% of the game. Plus future updates for "free" where F2P would presumably either have to pay, or not access it.

Percentage wise, they're probably getting a quarter of what subscribers pay for.
So shouldn't the subscription cost drop by 50%?

I really think they shouldn't do F2P and charge everyone $5 or even $7.50 a month. But in the end $15 will feel like too much when in the back of your mind you know all these idiots running around aren't paying a dime.

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mSum
08.02.2012 , 11:35 AM | #736
Quote: Originally Posted by nkgc View Post
I also was not excited about this game model. Just because I thought the day that they would adopt this method would be to pay to win. But I love the game and all I can do is hope that the game continues in a good way. What good can come out of this is that I can call my friends to play SWTOR and get them out of the damn WoW. So they can test the game to see if they like, and finally, choose whether to stay or not.

Please Bio Ware never adopt the model P2W.

And I really think you should improve the system to avoid lags and let the servers more stable. Done that would be much better!
Well if you can't raid, or get mail like I've heard talked about in this thread....then it will be pay to win. Free players won't be able to get the mats needed to augment gear, etc.

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USMCG_PANZER
08.02.2012 , 11:39 AM | #737
Quote: Originally Posted by Twin View Post
Shows how much of an MMO this really is imo....oh how i wish they hadn't shut SWG down in favor of this...
While I think SWTOR is a fun game, I feel like it should have been called KoToR III, and had some "multiplayer elements" rather than a full-blown MMO.

I agree regarding SWG. Really happy there is an emulator.

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Alericc
08.02.2012 , 11:50 AM | #738
Well people can debate it all they want but F2P carries a lot of baggage that certain players don't like so you can say goodbye to about 1/3 of your players and hello to a lot of non committed kids who are going to do nothing but make trouble.
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Macemesomesith
08.02.2012 , 11:58 AM | #739
Quote: Originally Posted by CourtneyWoods View Post
Executive Producer Jeff Hickman addresses the fans about our Free-to-Play announcement:



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I agree as sorry as I am in the economy where most are staying home sure 15 bucks isn't much but when most Internet subscriptions are about that a month your paying dbl on service really.
To be all honest the other day talking to my CPU guru friend bout FX processors told him to come on join...he has most games BF3 the rips of course( said I was being honest) told him stop that crap get on swtor... Whats that
It's just the next game to take over where WOW failed to upgrade. "How much " ohh I have the e-download and game so here have the game(CPU guru's that are your friends should be treated as such they help u when ur crap ain't running right) what!!!! 15 dollars dude even I can't pay that with PC repair and a job.
SO I SAY THANK YOU BIOWARE U ROCK PLUS mass effect on 360 gets kinda hard when I have to think about which game causes me to shell out more money and u designed both....even if it's for a year from the date u will see a real change BIOWARE on the dedicated people. And again to be all honest ( sorry I'm from the Caribbean where 1 love is all we know) St croix USVI not to be mistaken for St. Thomas lame *** real world thank god they stayed there!!!
So back to topic lol yeah even after a year you'll have dedicated fans that may even pay for service once they get into the game cause it's really an awesome game still waiting on P7-1235 compatible GPU's to crossfire but right now high runs just fine with 8gb of memory gona shoot for 16gb but GPU is already using 4gb max. SORRY for being all over te place I'm really excited about this if you can't tell cause there are literally 30 people I know that would actually do this game. Plus even if you charged a one time fee it would still work and I thank you cause I actually went out and bought my PC because of this game where my gateway M-series 7818u just couldn't hang even with 4gb of RAM and in the neighbor hood for a used X-15 ifpossible to make things portable yeah I love this game sucks I did a 90 day deal starting in middle of July now what happens to those unused lets call them credits can I say use a month for a friends account as to get them started even with free 30 or 60 day trial forgot which one. that would be cool but probably get out of hand but more confusing....either way raise price on game if u ask me to straight 50-60 make it free and we have a winner.
P.S. Stop hating that I keep talking bout charging a small fee. The people who run this have to eat period and they have families to go home to even if no kids. let's be realistic and at least honorable about it.
Don't mean to being up another game lol ^^^^ but Orderandchaos is only 3 bucks and I also got that when I got this for my iPad. Sick game even more fun than WOW but anyways 3,6,12 months starting at 3 bucks is a steal when the game was free to DL the catch money is achieved along with experience points but the catch is u can also purchase money which to be honest at least 8 gold coins to start is best achieved and so on for perks and items so since u can purchase in game items it's a win win situation.
orderandchaos isn't the only game and I believe it's well over 100mb jus compressed cause there's roughly 8 different locations with at least 12 different towns( and being an OS background 1GB game is a really big experience in itself.
Either way thanks BIOWARE for this early END OF THE WORLD Xmas gift lol may the force be with us if not against us come the following year.
(\(^_^)/BIOWARE......BIOWARE BIOWARE BIOWARE !!!!

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darthgamer
08.02.2012 , 12:04 PM | #740
This is Biowares fault thats why EA cleaned house and is running the show now! SO BW EVERYONE WILL FLOCK FOR CUTSCENES AND STORY HMMMMMMMMM screw this idc if i get banned or booted you promised a ton of stuff that you couldnt deliver thats what you get for giving to big of a leash to your writers and btw the raids were stupid short and retardedly easy.

And to all of you going wah wah wah oh my precise sweet SWG oh you were a jewel really do you really wanna go there both games are a steaming pile and SWG just happened to LIMP along.
I'll be the butter you'll be the popcorn