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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Free to Play This Fall

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,643MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

With today's blockbuster announcement that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be adding a F2P option, we took the opportunity to chat with BioWare’s Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Matthew Bromberg, Studio General Manager, BioWare Austin about some of the new features players can expect. Read on!

It’s happening, and sooner than you might think. BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic is going F2P with a hybrid business model this fall. Players have been wondering about it, journalists have been begging for it, and it seems that all this time BioWare’s been listening and reacting. After being informed of the then embargoed announcement this morning, I had the rare opportunity to sit in on a call with BioWare’s Jeff Hickman and Matthew Bromberg (who recently took over as GM of the Austin studio. We talked about the timing, the reasons, and the way in which they believe SWTOR going F2P is just finally giving the players what they’ve wanted, and breaking down the barrier into the Old Republic once and for all. The call was brief, but this is what I’ve learned.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Star Wars: The Old Republic - Free to Play This Fall.

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  • garrettgarrett Posts: 261MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

    first again...

     :p 
  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Nevada, MOPosts: 2,732Member Common
    Originally posted by garrett

    first again...

    Garrett's on a roll today.

     

     

     

     

    ....time marches on on on.....................

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

  • jeremyjodesjeremyjodes antioch, ORPosts: 679Member

    Looks like the anonymous bioware employee dude was right on the money. to bad.

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  • MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community Manager Queens, NYPosts: 5,724Administrator Uncommon
    Originally posted by garrett

    first again...

    I'll get you, Gadget!

    Michael "MikeB" Bitton
    Community Manager
    Twitter: @eMikeB

  • DalmontDalmont CardiffPosts: 272Member

    F2P i guess is the model for crap. Real games are subscription :P

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  • ZooceZooce B, FLPosts: 586Member

    It’s happening, and sooner than you might thing.

  • BadSpockBadSpock Somewhere, MIPosts: 7,974Member

    Not surprising, very aggressive move given launch of GW2 and MoP this fall too.

  • rdrakkenrdrakken Gotham, FLPosts: 426Member

    "any shift in staff they’ve made over the past few months has been to sort of rebuild the studio for this new F2P venture."

    In other words, they were fired due to making a piss poor P2P game.

    Anyway, to honor all the fanboys that have been posting to defend this great game since the last 4 months of Beta...nothing to see here, move along...move along...all is well...move along.

    Such a shame, the game could have been great if so many didnt work so hard to shut down everyone that was pointing out what the game was missing.

  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Niagara Falls, NYPosts: 3,437Member Uncommon

    Not that I hate the game, it wasnt for me...buuut...anyone notice the game doesn't seem to have any hardcore defenders on this site anymore?

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  • uohaloranuohaloran ., GAPosts: 811Member

    F2P isn't the future for all games in the west.  It's for games that have very little future.

  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Nevada, MOPosts: 2,732Member Common

    Content delivery "every 6 weeks".

     

     

    *eyes DCUO CE on desk

     

     

     

    Ya, I'll believe that when I see it.

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

  • wizyywizyy Novi SadPosts: 629Member

    Oh yeaah.. I predicted this after I tried beta. I said it has to go F2P by december 2012 or go down.

    Serves them right for not listening to fanbase. Crappy models, awful animations, story-based singleplayer mmorpg (o.O), and space-on-rails.. How COULD it be succesful?

  • Methos12Methos12 Maladis 46Posts: 1,234Member Uncommon

    I guess DCUO won't be as lonely anymore.

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    Nature without Magic is without wonder or miracle.
    .........
    Magic without Technology is fantasy.
    Magic without Nature is formless and useless.
    .........
    Technology without Nature is application without understanding.
    Technology without Magic is repetitious and uninventive.
  • fascismfascism marquette, MIPosts: 358Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by WhiteLantern

    Content delivery "every 6 weeks".

     

     

    *eyes DCUO CE on desk

     

     

     

    Ya, I'll believe that when I see it.

    clean off your desk

  • PsychowPsychow SF Giants Territory, CAPosts: 1,784Member

    I can see a lot of people that DIDN'T give the game a try trying the F2P version. I'm not so sure about those that already played tho. I guess it'll depend on what is included in the F2P matrix. 

  • MishakaiMishakai westminster, COPosts: 105Member

    Apparantly f2p IS the future.... for games that can't hold a candle to other p2p offerings.

  • Xstatic912Xstatic912 New York, NYPosts: 365Member
    Well this hybrid model suits the game just fine I think.. it's similar to champ online model..

    I was dum struck when this game launched without hybrid model... There is just so much sub the average gamer can pay for..

    Just awaiting for the final pricing structure and hopefully by the relaunch in the fall bugs and balance issues would be fixed..
  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Nevada, MOPosts: 2,732Member Common
    Originally posted by fascism
    Originally posted by WhiteLantern

    Content delivery "every 6 weeks".

     

     

    *eyes DCUO CE on desk

     

     

     

    Ya, I'll believe that when I see it.

    clean off your desk

    You sound like my wife.............

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

  • Z3R01Z3R01 NYC, NYPosts: 2,426Member

    But wait... SWTOR was supposed to make Rift go F2p wasnt it?

    Playing:

    Waiting on:

  • TokkenTokken Portland, ORPosts: 1,154Member Uncommon

    Still won't play it......... they need to make some serious changes to the game.

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  • IrishChaiIrishChai St Louis, MOPosts: 529Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Zooce

    It’s happening, and sooner than you might thing.

     

    Don't thing too hard. You might hurt yourself.

  • VercinVercin Frederick, MDPosts: 290Member

    I still want my 80 dollars back.  If I even bother to play the f2p I wonder how much of my stuff my level 50 shadow is going to lose.

    Gotta stop buying mmos, I think everything I have bought lately has gone f2p....DC ..SWTOR..

    Just wait a few months for the assured fail and then enjoy it.

    The Stranger: It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid.

  • JonokuJonoku Cool, PAPosts: 645Member

    lol.

    Looking at: The Repopulation
    Preordering: None
    Playing: Random Games

  • VannorVannor YorkshirePosts: 2,970Member Uncommon

    Well, i'll certainly be going back to play the game properly if the hybrid model isn't too harsh on FTP players. Only if there's nothing better to play or I'm worn out on what there is and want a break though.

  • SaintPhilipSaintPhilip Bree, MIPosts: 713Member

    Its times like this that I would love to necro threads and highlight posts  from as recent as...Last week. I also would LOVE to have a % rating on users (make a statement as fact, roll your eyes at anyone who disagrees and claim that you are a GW2 Fanboy for pointing out the obvious- This should be logged and forever follow your account for % of aaccuracy)

    Many people have been saying this for Months and many defenders have been asking how tight our "tinfoil" hats are fitting... So its only fitting that those people who have posted the whole "rolling eyes", "you are an idiot" , "game is fine" should now have their posts necrod. LOL. (I am joking BTW...Kinda...)

    Funny thing is, a similar thing will happen with GW2- The blatant defenders of "best game ever", "revolutionary", "OMG this changes EVERYTHING" will never have to face the music when the truth comes fully to the front (noit that GW2 is a bad game- Its just not nearly what the hype and fanbois will tell you-)

    This (SWTOR) was a BAD game and not an MMORPG IMHO. This an EPIC FAIL since BETA and yet the hype was like nothing I have ever seen.

    Crash and BURN, baby. This one NEEDS TO DIE. We need innovation and something with depth. If I wanted WOW I would play WOW because WOW is STILL the best version of Everquest ever made =P

    -This game was the biggest dissapointment in gaming history (again this is my opinion) but the facts say "THIS FAILED"....And it couldnt have happened to a company more deserving of Failure than EA (The new SOE)

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