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Star Wars: The Old Republic: The New Free* Trial

MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community ManagerQueens, NYPosts: 5,717Administrator Uncommon

Star Wars: The Old Republic is now free for everyone...sort of! In this week's SWTOR column, we examine the new Free* Trial and weigh in with our own thoughts. Should you bother with the Free* Trial? Read on to find out!

The new Free Trial is fairly straightforward at face value. Gamers can open up a new Star Wars: The Old Republic account and level up in the game, for free, up to level 15 without a time limit. If you’re familiar with Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning’s “Forever Free” trial, this one is pretty similar.

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  • WolfClawsWolfClaws Arlington, VAPosts: 553Member Uncommon

    Woohooo!!! More gold farmer spam for all!!!

  • Grand_NagusGrand_Nagus Dublin, GAPosts: 329Member Uncommon

    I'm holding out for either a space expansion or full F2P; whichever comes first  =P

  • FadedbombFadedbomb Aiken, SCPosts: 2,081Member

    -Space Expansion

    -Move Combat away from TabTarget Button Mashing

    -Add in a REAL Crafting System

    -Space Expansion

    -Remove all the instancing

    -Space Expansion

    -Revamp the equipment system so that it isn't cut & paste WoW

    -Space Expansion

    -Space Expansion

    -Space Expansion

    -Space Expansion

    -Space Expansion

     

     

    Did I mention it's not STAR WARS without properly done Space?

    The Theory of Conservative Conservation of Ignorant Stupidity:
    Having a different opinion must mean you're a troll.

  • DamzillaDamzilla MostarPosts: 175Member

    And so begins the path to F2P...

  • TruthXHurtsTruthXHurts El Do, KSPosts: 1,555Member

    Wow that was fast. What a desperate cry for help. [mod edit]

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

  • divmaxdivmax JhbPosts: 106Member

    As a Red Zoner, I stopped caring about this MMO when they gave me the Official finger. Further to their stupendous short sightedness, I presume that the free trial for "everyone" will still exclude the Red Zones.

    *shakes head as they watch the Zeppelin crash and burn*

  • hikaru77hikaru77 buenos airesPosts: 1,035Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by TruthXHurts

    Wow that was fast. What a desperate cry for help. [mod edit]

    Men, is the most populated p2p MMO but WoW, they just want more poeple buying the game. Almost 2.4 Mill of copies so far, they just want more

  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Common
    [mod edit]

    It just amazes me that "the customer that paid" is nowhere in anything you read about SWTOR.

  • CazNeergCazNeerg Puyallup, WAPosts: 2,198Member
    Originally posted by TruthXHurts

    Wow that was fast. What a desperate cry for help. [mod edit]

    WoW offers 20 levels for free.  Is that a desperate cry for help too?

    Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
    Through passion, I gain strength.
    Through strength, I gain power.
    Through power, I gain victory.
    Through victory, my chains are broken.
    The Force shall free me.

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,926Member Uncommon

    Well I only bought the game, I canceled my subscription in January.  Guess I'll wait for an offer that lets me come back and try out the changes and see if my legacy name was lost on the xfer they allowed without being subbed.

     

    The free trial is a smart move, as were the server merges.  Don't worry about the trolls BW.

  • black_isleblack_isle IstanbulPosts: 238Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by CazNeerg
    Originally posted by TruthXHurts

    Wow that was fast. What a desperate cry for help. [mod edit]

    WoW offers 20 levels for free.  Is that a desperate cry for help too?

    Wow offered it 8 years later when they lost 2 mil subs to competition. That being said i support free trials. I think every game should do it and it shouldn't be shunned as being "fail". Even better if all mmos went freemium in style of Aion/L2 model.

  • WolfClawsWolfClaws Arlington, VAPosts: 553Member Uncommon

    Free to play trials were not common when WoW was released.

  • BadaboomBadaboom Moose Jaw, SKPosts: 2,380Member
    Originally posted by WolfClaws

    Free to play trials were not common when WoW was released.

    I seem to recall playing a WoW trial in 2008. 

  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Common
    Originally posted by Badaboom
    Originally posted by WolfClaws

    Free to play trials were not common when WoW was released.

    I seem to recall playing a WoW trial in 2008. 

    I seem to recall WoW releasing in 2004 not 2008.

  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDPosts: 16,901Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by FrodoFragins

    Well I only bought the game, I canceled my subscription in January.  Guess I'll wait for an offer that lets me come back and try out the changes and see if my legacy name was lost on the xfer they allowed without being subbed.

     

    The free trial is a smart move, as were the server merges.  Don't worry about the trolls BW.

    They have a 7-day trial this week for old players. I installed logged in and then didn't feel like playing.

    For every minute you are angry , you lose 60 seconds of happiness."-Emerson

    It is a sign of a defeated man, to attack at ones character in the face of logic and reason- Me

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,926Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Distopia
    Originally posted by FrodoFragins

    Well I only bought the game, I canceled my subscription in January.  Guess I'll wait for an offer that lets me come back and try out the changes and see if my legacy name was lost on the xfer they allowed without being subbed.

     

    The free trial is a smart move, as were the server merges.  Don't worry about the trolls BW.

    They have a 7-day trial this week for old players. I installed logged in and then didn't feel like playing.

    Did you ever subscribe?  Because I didn't and I can't play right now.  The article here and at the official site say only former SUBSCRIBERS can try the changes.

  • Ice-QueenIce-Queen USA, GAPosts: 2,451Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by CazNeerg
    Originally posted by TruthXHurts

    Wow that was fast. What a desperate cry for help. [mod edit]

    WoW offers 20 levels for free.  Is that a desperate cry for help too?

    No, you expect that for a game to do a few years after release, because it's getting old, not 6 months in. It's a sign of failure.

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    What happens when you log off your characters????.....
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  • uller30uller30 MILWAUKEE, WIPosts: 114Member
    I played when it came out. It was fun then got boring and stale when instances were looking for welfare epics. I probly will try it on a buddies pc. Not impressed with this game.
  • GamerUntouchGamerUntouch smithville ON, ONPosts: 488Member

    Am I the only one who finds "free*" funny?

  • BadaboomBadaboom Moose Jaw, SKPosts: 2,380Member
    Originally posted by MMOGamer71
    Originally posted by Badaboom
    Originally posted by WolfClaws

    Free to play trials were not common when WoW was released.

    I seem to recall playing a WoW trial in 2008. 

    I seem to recall WoW releasing in 2004 not 2008.

    My mistake.  I played a WoW trial in 2005.  I had just got guild wars 1 and was getting bored and then tried the WoW trial. 

  • ESSKAESSKA jacksonvill, FLPosts: 111Member

    Ok so you can only return if you subbed a month after release. That is kind of stupid. People who bought the game and didnt sub after may actually want to try it again to see if its worth giving another try. C'MON BIOWARE.

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,926Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by TCTC

    Ok so you can only return if you subbed a month after release. That is kind of stupid. People who bought the game and didnt sub after may actually want to try it again to see if its worth giving another try. C'MON BIOWARE.

    I would have subbed at the time if they had a group finder and the experience was decent.  Now that they have it, I'd be a prime candidate to possibly sub.  But not without trying it on my level capped player.

     

    They've washed their hands of any player that bought the game but never subbed.  That's a fairly sizable group to ignore now that they've finally added content and features that many wanted in order to sub.  I wasn't going to sit in teh fleet and hope to find a group in the chat channels.  And I wasn't going to subscribe to a game just to level alts.

  • KitsunechiiKitsunechii Posts: 10Member

    doubt it'll generate many new players anyway. Main problem remains: it's a shitty generic game with crappy graphics, boring gameplay and tedious grinding.

  • zizzleyozizzleyo roselle, ILPosts: 6Member

    Just canceled the game don't waste your time, not even sure why I did.

     

    The story mode was fun but gets old quick especially in repeating flashppoints (HIT SPACEBAR FOR GOD'S SAKE).

    Crafting is for the most part pointless.

    PVP is stricktly 8v8 4 maps thet get very old really fast.

    PVP servers have no point in this game everything is about arena pvp.

    If you like scripted set role arena pvp it's not bad I guess.

    Flashpoints where ok, but good luck  finding a group with a none cross-server group finder.

    Sadly as bad as Star Wars Galaxies was it still blows this game away.

    It's just another failed WoW clone.

     

    Please stop making WoW clones!

     

     

     
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