Bioware Investigating Free-to-Play Model For Star Wars: The Old Republic
Posted 15 June 2012 - 08:31 AM
Unfortunately, this isn't shocking at all to hear, especially since the game lost 25% of its subscribers recently, and the company has been hit with layoffs as well.
"The MMO market is very dynamic and we need to be dynamic as well," lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi commented.
"Unless people are happy with what they have, they are constantly demanding updates, new modes and situations. So we are looking at free-to-play but I can't tell you in much detail. We have to be flexible and adapt to what is going on."
It should be noted that a clear decision has not been made about going free-to-play yet, so for the time being the game will still remain subscription-based. Hopefully when it eventually does go free-to-play (and it will), the transition will help keep the game competitive with other great F2P games out there.
Do you hope Star Wars: The Old Republic will go free-to-play soon?
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:35 AM
The sooner, the better. Subscriptions aren't working out for them.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:06 PM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:59 PM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:58 PM
Posted 16 June 2012 - 02:08 PM
Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:29 PM
I would buy a copy of SWTOR right now if I could just treat it like a single player game and play all the (supposedly great) storyline content.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:32 PM
I for one, was interested in SWTOR but wasn't keen on the monthly fee because that sucks me in to play all the time just to get my money's worth. However, if it was F2P, with some kind of vanity cashshop (Something akin to what GW2 is going to do), then I'd gladly give it a shot. That way I could just play as I please and not feel obligated to always be on it.
Much like the others above me said, it would be nice to be able to play the game like a single player game and enjoy it casually. It also might increase the longevity of the game because if people aren't forced to shell out money every month, they all might play more casually as well. Consequently, they wouldn't rush through all the content as quick and burn out of the game. Obviously, there are always people who want to be first and all that but just another way to look at it.
Also, if they are worried about making enough money to sustain the game, just look at WoW...people spent millions on silly pets and mounts and other gimmicky items, just add in those (via cash shop or whatever) and they will surely keep their revenue high + expansions and such.
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