Bioware has finally announced its plans for what will become of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Earlier this year, we reported on that it was going free to play after far less than a year following extremely disappointing sales. The game had a rocky start, had a rockier middle, and the conclusion seemed inevitable. So will players finally start joining in and make SWTOR another post-free-to-play success or will they continue to ignore the war between the Republic and the Sith?
Starting next Thursday, November 15th, you’ll be able to play SWTOR without paying anything. You’ll download the client and be able to play through level 50 before various penalties begin to take hold. Initially, you’ll also spend longer gaining experience than those who have subscriptions. Anyone who’s ever paid for the game will automatically have Preferred status and extra stuff and perks and so on.
Of course, I’m done with it. It’s over. EA and LucasArts spent $200 million dollars copying World of Warcraft,a game who’s formula had already peaked in the early stages of SWTOR’s development. Thousands went through SWTOR’s content quick and moved on. SWTOR will simply never be the success it was supposed to be, but it’s nice that they’re at least trying to salvage the operation. EA needs to relearn how to make great games.