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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel Free to Subscribers

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,622MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Beginning Thursday, September 12th, subscribers to Star Wars: The Old Republic will receive the first expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, for free. Those who purchased the expansion previously will be granted an in-game title and a complimentary gift of Cartel Coins under certain restrictions.

Beginning September 12, 2013, active Subscribers will receive the first Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel free of charge as a newly added benefit to the Subscriber Rewards Program! Rise of the Hutt Cartel offers the breathtaking planet of Makeb, five new levels of story-driven missions increasing the level cap to 55, and exciting technology devices which unlock valuable rewards.

Additionally, players who have already purchased Rise of the Hutt Cartel and are an active Subscriber on September 12 at 4:00AM PDT / 11:00AM GMT will receive a new title, “The Risen,” via in-game mail on or before September 25, 2013 as our appreciation for the purchase.

Finally, Subscribers who purchase Rise of the Hutt Cartel between August 11, 2013 and September 12, 2013 at 9:00AM PDT / 4:00PM GMT will be granted 1050 Bonus Cartel Coins in appreciation for their recent purchase of Rise of the Hutt Cartel. The 1050 Bonus Cartel Coins will be granted by September 13, 2013 at 9:00AM PDT / 4:00PM GMT.

Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic official site

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  • DarhammDarhamm The Frozen NorthPosts: 67Member Uncommon

    That's... great news, actually! I just recently bought the expansion myself, and some extra cc and a title is nothing to sneeze at!

     

    *atchoo!*

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  • CalerxesCalerxes LondonPosts: 1,630Member Uncommon
    I've got my waterproof hat, coat and lifeguard ready for the incoming squall or storm though a hurricanes a good bet. Glad I didn't purchase it when it released I save myself a whole £6 yippee! don't get the title *sad face*

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  • FregrinzFregrinz Manchester, United KingdomPosts: 4Member
    slap in face if you pre order and purchased this at release..
  • BigdaddyxBigdaddyx California, WAPosts: 1,986Member Uncommon
    I have been thinking about trying SWTOR again. Been over a year so it is a good new for me. I will surely give it a try and see what has changed in last one year.
  • meddyckmeddyck Athens, GAPosts: 1,140Member Uncommon
    Translation: most non-subscribers didn't buy the expansion so maybe if we include it with a sub we can get those players to pay $14.95 to subscribe for a month to get it.

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  • BadOrbBadOrb ManchesterPosts: 791Member Uncommon

    Ah you beat me to it this time Suzie :)

    I don't mind this at all , obviously they are giving those CC away to the people that buy it between now and when it's free or no one would buy it between now and then , use your brains people. We also already got a hutt trainer holostatue and some other thing a pet was it , so yeah not bothered there either. The only thing that bothers me is the fact the game might be getting less popular for them to give the expansion away free so soon , but this will bring people in and at least we will have a few new subbs to try it out that way for at least a month.

    It seems I was slightly mistaken , I thought the coins would be free from now up to a month's time , the word "purchase" confused me as it's not really future tense ( well for 36 hours it is or so ) and not fully past tense. So now not sure they should give just the recent people who bought it the free coins. Everything else I said is still okay though.

     

    Cheers,

    BadOrb.

     

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  • MechanismMechanism Toronto, ONPosts: 115Member Uncommon
    Can't really say this is a bad thing or a particularly good thing. It's like when blizzard made their WoW companion app free when it was pretty stupid to charge money for it in the first place.
  • RosenborgRosenborg EspooPosts: 26Member

    Additionally, players who have already purchased Rise of the Hutt Cartel and are an active Subscriber on September 12 at 4:00AM PDT / 11:00AM GMT will receive a new title, “The Risen,” via in-game mail on or before September 25, 2013 as our appreciation for the purchase.

     

    So because I'm not an active Subscriber they don't appreciate my purchase enough to grant me "The Risen" title?

     

    Weak EA, weak.

     

    :D

  • DrakephireDrakephire Fontana, CAPosts: 445Member Uncommon
    I don't understand...do they want to run a freemium model or a subscription model? I wish they'd make up their mind.
  • VassagoMaelVassagoMael Covington, LAPosts: 555Member
    So it is free... so long as I pay for it? Seems legit!

    Free to play = content updates for the cash shop. Buy to play = content updates for the cash shop.
    Subscription = Actual content updates!

  • KarteliKarteli Providence, PAPosts: 2,646Member

    EA made their money off of RotHC sales.... now sales have fallen to near zilch, and its suddenly "free".

     

    Then there is the problem of subscribers getting "their money back", via free $10 worth of Cartel Coins, along with a free title, so long as they already bought the DLC.

     

    EA: Just make the frickin game free already and stop playing games.  I understand you like media attention, and the RotHC announcement, then BIG announcement (RotHC release date), then Release, then free RotHC for subscribers, are just media hooks.

     

    Milk the money, but damn .. give us better announcements, than the same content promos over and over.  I mean you reveal what any SWTOR player already knows (or already paid for) .......  Expect 1 year for SSSP.  ..!..

     

    My bet is still the SSSP in late 2014 / mid 2015 :P

     

    (1 year development, 6 months hassling the customers, 6 months promoting .. (6 months defending and promoting current content while SSSP is readied).  12 months fixing bugs)..... (SNAP!). 2016, there ya go.

     

    edit: OK I was being silly .. the 12 months to fix bugs was a joke ..release it as soon as it's done, just like every content update to date.     2015.

     

     

     

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  • TimothyTierlessTimothyTierless Columnist M, ORPosts: 2,163Member Uncommon
     OMG Star Was MMO history is repeating itself! Feel bad for the loyal people that paid for it.
  • psiicpsiic Tampa, FLPosts: 943Member Uncommon

    yea Im a little pissed I missed the cartel coins by 3 days.  

     

    Just goes to show once Im done with a game I should just be done for good.

  • BurntvetBurntvet Baltimore, MDPosts: 2,945Member Uncommon

    Who can be surprised?

    EA hasn't alienated the remaining TOR customers in weeks now... something like this was due.

     

  • Greyhawk4x4Greyhawk4x4 Eagle Mountain, UTPosts: 471Member

    I discuss my feelings about free Rise Of The Hutt Cartel here.

    http://youtu.be/5HfbgqVDrXI 

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  • SevenwindSevenwind Somewhereville, TXPosts: 2,198Member Uncommon
    Awesome news. I just bought it last week and now I get some CC in return. I like it.

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  • evilastroevilastro EdinburghPosts: 4,270Member

    Wanted to come back and check out the changes, but the combined sub + expansion was off putting. Wish Funcom would do the same with AoC.

    I don't see why its so hard for these developers to figure out monetisation. Either charge for the content in packs like TSW, or have a subscripton. Stop trying to do both, it just puts players off.

  • KarteliKarteli Providence, PAPosts: 2,646Member
    Originally posted by Greyhawk4x4

    I discuss my feelings about free Rise Of The Hutt Cartel here.

    http://youtu.be/5HfbgqVDrXI 

    Commentaries deserve their own thread .. your other one didn't do so bad.

     

    It's a good commentary to boot, knowledgeable, and a face behind the disagreement with EA / SWTOR.

     

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  • BeermanglerBeermangler Cluj NapocaPosts: 397Member Uncommon
    I've just started playing again as a subscriber and I must say, its quite enjoyable after all the polishing and performance fixing they've put in.

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  • whilanwhilan Everett, WAPosts: 3,172Member Uncommon
    I was going to resubscribed when i got my money (2 months off work killed my resources) glad to see i can get the expansion for free then. That will be nice.

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  • AsamofAsamof La Canada, CAPosts: 738Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Tierless
     OMG Star Was MMO history is repeating itself! Feel bad for the loyal people that paid for it.

    it's going to as long as scummy greedy companies keep picking up the franchise (SOE, EA)

  • CalerxesCalerxes LondonPosts: 1,630Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Asamof
    Originally posted by Tierless
     OMG Star Was MMO history is repeating itself! Feel bad for the loyal people that paid for it.

    it's going to as long as scummy greedy companies keep picking up the franchise (SOE, EA)

     

    Star Wars is the biggest cash cow franchise ever, George Lucas invented a whole new way to make money on top from the film tickets in the 70's and Star Wars fans fall for it time and time again. Is it any surprise companies keep on doing it? Star Wars fans will open their wallets first then complain like the companies have come round their house and shot their cat.

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  • jpnzjpnz SydneyPosts: 3,529Member

    Apparently giving away expansion packs is now a cardinal sin or something. /facepalm

    EA / Bioware isn't a saint in any gamers eyes but the response to this is just 'really? FACEPALM' material.

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  • CalerxesCalerxes LondonPosts: 1,630Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by jpnz

    Apparently giving away expansion packs is now a cardinal sin or something. /facepalm

    EA / Bioware isn't a saint in any gamers eyes but the response to this is just 'really? FACEPALM' material.

     

    These are the same people they call other gamers "entitled" I bet you.

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  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon

    People should be more worried that a game with such a big IP as this, has to resort to making a micro expansion already free just 6 months later to make news headlines to desperately keep it in the spotlights.

     

    I mean, other games make News headlines with actual "exciting" content, features and expansion updates. You know.... give their customers encouragement and satisfaction that their game is still activily supported, instead of being completely milked to the point of nothing but laughable and sheer sadness.

     
     
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