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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Weekend Pass Announced

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,619MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Never tried Star Wars: The Old Republic? The newly announced Weekend Pass event may be just the excuse you've been looking for to try out SWTOR. From Thursday, March 15th at 12:01AM CST through Monday, March 19th at 2:00AM CST, players can try out all eight classes' origin stories and take part in the Esseles and Black Talon Flashpoints.

Check out all of the details on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.


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  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Nevada, MOPosts: 2,732Member

    In before the doom and gloom.

     

    Maybe.

    I want a mmorpg where people have gone through misery, have gone through school stuff and actually have had sex even. -sagil

  • PurutzilPurutzil East Stroudsburg, PAPosts: 2,924Member Uncommon

    Don't they have the free trial thing already? Not quite sure what the point of this is... oh well I suppose we will see.

     

    And no, not bothering with doom and gloom, I'll let others carry that part out.

  • evictonevicton Warren, PAPosts: 398Member

    Current free trial requires you to be invited by a subscriber, this allows anyone to try.

  • IkedaIkeda Largo, FLPosts: 2,204Member Uncommon

    I would like to point out that this game is only in Month 4.

    Does anyone else remember our discussions about doom & gloom on various games that did this THIS early?

    (cough) FFXIV (cough)

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  • gilgamesh42gilgamesh42 tampa, FLPosts: 300Member

    bring out game before its ready, piss off the entire community,lose vast majority of subbs,make free weekend which no one will bother with.      game failed everyone knew it would but its starwars so people got hyped anyway

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  • TruthXHurtsTruthXHurts El Do, KSPosts: 1,555Member

    "Help us free weekend. You're our only hope."

     

    Funny how they have to limit the content so that you don't beat the whole game in one weekend.

    "I am not in a server with Gankers...THEY ARE IN A SERVER WITH ME!!!"

  • Master10KMaster10K LondonPosts: 3,065Member

    First Trion lures me back for another free week with Rift and now Bioware will let me try out SW:TOR for a weekend.

    Stop it you two! You cannot divert my attention too long, from Guild Wars 2. image

     

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  • rygard49rygard49 Huntington Beach, CAPosts: 975Member

    I don't think it's ever a bad idea for a game, or any product for that matter, to offer a free trial. There are a lot of people with a healthy amount of skepticism who simply will not pay for something they're unsure they'll enjoy. A free trial alleviates that issue and gives the company an opportunity to increase sales.

    Is this a tactic born of desperation? I don't think so. I just read a post that they have 1.7 million active subs.



     

  • RefMinorRefMinor MyTownPosts: 3,452Member
    Originally posted by rygard49

    I don't think it's ever a bad idea for a game, or any product for that matter, to offer a free trial. There are a lot of people with a healthy amount of skepticism who simply will not pay for something they're unsure they'll enjoy. A free trial alleviates that issue and gives them company an opportunity to increase sales.
    Is this a tactic born of desperation? I don't think so. I just read a post that they have 1.7 million active subs.

     

    You won't find me criticising Bioware for lousy marketing, but obviously this is needed because sales are starting to dry up and it is clear retention will not be that great.
  • nyxiumnyxium Posts: 1,222Member Uncommon

    And so it begins.

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  • MMOarQQMMOarQQ BoogalululuPosts: 636Member

  • ThorkuneThorkune Eastern, KYPosts: 1,830Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by rygard49

    I don't think it's ever a bad idea for a game, or any product for that matter, to offer a free trial. There are a lot of people with a healthy amount of skepticism who simply will not pay for something they're unsure they'll enjoy. A free trial alleviates that issue and gives the company an opportunity to increase sales.





    Is this a tactic born of desperation? I don't think so. I just read a post that they have 1.7 million active subs.










     

    How dare you bring sound logic to this forum!

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  • montinmontin IpswichPosts: 218Member

    I think its a great idea. I just wish I didn't waste my money on a preorder. I could have tried the game for free and realise that it wasn't for me. Notice I didn't say the game sucked big time, oops, I said it. Anyway at least there will be people able to try this game who didn't get suckered in preordering a hugely over hyped game. But I thank them for that because I'll never preorder a game again and hence will save myself loads of money :)

    Anyway I digress. If you haven't tried this game then now would be a good time to give it a go. It does have its good points and you may just enjoy it.

  • BarCrowBarCrow Tampa, FLPosts: 2,212Member

    Originally posted by gilgamesh42

    bring out game before its ready, piss off the entire community,lose vast majority of subbs,make free weekend which no one will bother with.      game failed everyone knew it would but its starwars so people got hyped anyway

      I'll even give you a full 30% of people may have reacted as you say. That is still hardly the "entire community" or even a "vast majority".  Game failed to you (as you and "everyone expected". speak in absolutes much?)and that's fine. 

     Plenty of people that subscribed...in this case "vast majority" would fit....still like the game and look forward to more content and improvements.  Yes.people dropped off after the first 1-2 months like all mmos and it never had WOW numbers. So..who gives a shit. Oh ..yeah..you do.

    As far as the trials they offer...its smart for any Developer to do this...especially these days when a few have been burned so somehow millions become cynical, embittered and skeptical of every little thing to the point of shit talking every game that launches. The trials let people judge for themselves which is all anyone can ask.

    Really..if EA/Bioware were not still confident in the game..would they let people get a look at it before paying?

    (especially since so many seem to think they are dishonorable thieves already)

     

  • AntariousAntarious Greenville, SCPosts: 2,802Member

    *insert post about doom and gloom... while wishing my weekends started thursday morning as well*

     

    Thursday, March 15th at 12:01AM CST   <-  Used to be good specials on Thursday night but the stupid company I worked for thought the weekend... started Friday after hours...

    Moderator's on this site allow certain posters to create endless troll threads. Yet "warn" people for giving recommendations... account *pending* deletion because.. why bother.

  • CetraCetra SingaporePosts: 354Member Uncommon

    Really..if EA/Bioware were not still confident in the game..would they let people get a look at it before paying?

     

     

    poor arguement. Many bad and f2p MMOs also have free trial or free play, doest tat mean the game is good? lol

    Usually free trial for mmo is because the box sales and subscribers are dropping. Or the mmo has launched for some time like 1-2 years and box sales are quieting down.

  • BarCrowBarCrow Tampa, FLPosts: 2,212Member

    Originally posted by Cetra

    Really..if EA/Bioware were not still confident in the game..would they let people get a look at it before paying?

     

     

    poor arguement. Many bad and f2p MMOs also have free trial or free play, doest tat mean the game is good? lol

    Usually free trial for mmo is because the box sales and subscribers are dropping. Or the mmo has launched for some time like 1-2 years and box sales are quieting down.

    Never said they had to be good...or more appropriately...others thought they were good...just that the developer still has confidence in their game. Obviously most developers probably are confident of their creations. It's expected. What I don't understand is how many posters seem to believe Bioware should just lay down and die because they don't like the game or revel in the fact that TOR lost subs after launch (but not nearly the "majority" as some claim). I even remember someone smack talking SWTOR because they thought Dragon Age 2 sucked. wtf?

  • Badgered86Badgered86 Denver, COPosts: 175Member

    That there ship be sinking, and rightfully so.  I've never actually wanted a game to fail before SWTOR.  After being fed so many lies by Olhen and company they deserve to fail and fail hard.  If you need examples of what I'm talking about just Google (or YouTube) their statements and the huge amount of videos showing them to be the liars they are.



     

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,189Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by bigsmiff

    Originally posted by rygard49

    I don't think it's ever a bad idea for a game, or any product for that matter, to offer a free trial. There are a lot of people with a healthy amount of skepticism who simply will not pay for something they're unsure they'll enjoy. A free trial alleviates that issue and gives the company an opportunity to increase sales.





    Is this a tactic born of desperation? I don't think so. I just read a post that they have 1.7 million active subs.










     

    How dare you bring sound logic to this forum!

    I agree with you by the way image

    Depends how sound the logic is.  EA did not say at what point in time they had 1.7 million active subs.  My guess is they have less than that now.  Probably not desparation at this point, but I'll bet that the number of people buying the game now has dried up to a trickle.

    Retention is going to be a problem soon unless they add a lot of new content.  I stil think that they will be merging servers before the end of the year if not sooner.

    It is a pretty big download, not sure I want to do that for only 4 days of play.

  • obiiobii WienPosts: 779Member Uncommon

    They are just targeting new customers.

    The ones that wanted it , bought it... now they need fresh blood :)

  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member

    gt admit i,m curious..seen has its in my system from beta and i kept the game updated i,m in..lets see if its has bad as most say it is.

  • KakkzookaKakkzooka Waterbury, CTPosts: 591Member

    Originally posted by obii

    They are just targeting new customers.

    The ones that wanted it , bought it... and now they want them to come back. :)

    Fixed.

     

    Re: SWTOR

    "Remember, remember - Kakk says 'December.'"

  • KabaalKabaal Edinburgh, ScotlandPosts: 3,012Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by kevjards

    gt admit i,m curious..seen has its in my system from beta and i kept the game updated i,m in..lets see if its has bad as most say it is.

    Not a whole lot has changed since the beta. They should have had the free weekend after 1.2 hits in a few weeks, would have made more sense for enticing people back as well as new subs.

  • drbaltazardrbaltazar drummondville, QCPosts: 7,987Member

    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    Originally posted by bigsmiff


    Originally posted by rygard49

    Depends how sound the logic is.  EA did not say at what point in time they had 1.7 million active subs.  My guess is they have less than that now.  Probably not desparation at this point, but I'll bet that the number of people buying the game now has dried up to a trickle.

    Retention is going to be a problem soon unless they add a lot of new content.  I stil think that they will be merging servers before the end of the year if not sooner.

    It is a pretty big download, not sure I want to do that for only 4 days of play.

    whatever!they do this now for one reason !cause most 60 day time card are coming to an end within 3 week max for everybody after that they cant do fuck all cause people will have left!this might instill a few to stay since population will be high this week-end!if people fresh come in great !but their goal is to keep those they have first!my card finish at the end of the month!most 60 days player are like this!and me i aint getting another 60 day for swtor ,i ll get another wow 60 days first!

  • RelGnRelGn halalaPosts: 494Member

    Looking forward to when it goes free to play or better to say buy to play.Free to play models sux as well.

    Lets see what are u going to do when gw 2 is out.

    I bet all mmos will have to switch to buy to play mode cause not even free to play will be acceptable by players.The new era has come.

    GG morpgs Gw2 is coming.

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