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SWTOR is free-to-play up to level 15 starting in July

Monday, 4 June 2012 21:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka took the stage at EA’s E3 press conference to announce Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free-to-play up to level 15 next month.

After you reach level 15 you will have to pay in order to continue playing. As far as content goes, Muzyka said the team has only “just begun,” with additional content such as more PvP and nightmare difficulty. “There’s never been a better time to join us,” he said.

A trailer showing upcoming content such as a Space Station Assault, a new operation called Terror from Beyond, and more was shown as a conclusion to his announcement, and it’s posted below.

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12 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    Hahaha, i fucking knew it! :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Talkar

    You make it sound like the nightmare difficulty is a new thing x) All he said was there is more nightmare content being added :P
    Also, the trailer is up on SWTOR’s site ;)
    http://www.swtor.com/info/media/trailers/preview-exciting-new-reveals-e3

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    Wait! Did another triple A MMO launch to make this happen? No. Why oh why dont they just make this F2P fully. Hardly anyone touched the free trials and the same will be said of this. People wont pay for something that is shit.

    And they have ‘only just begun’ on additional content – all I can say is LOL.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    So do you still have to pay 60 bucks to play, or is the client complimentary?

    I think that’s totally unviable for subbed MMOs these days. They should be handing out clients to anyone who will pay for the subscription.

    There’s no way they can compete with the F2P offerings if they don’t. Making your subscribers jump through a paywall is a thing of the past.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    @2 It will all be edited when we get the time

    #5 3 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    Blizzard had such a little return on their free trials on WoW. Something like 12% actually went through and purchased the game.

    @4 – Once you’ve signed up, you will be able to download the client from SWTOR.com website, but knowing EA, you will have to enter a credit/debit card and that will count as an ‘active’ sub I guess lol

    And that trailer is trademark Bioware – ‘Coming Soon’ – nothing has dates apart from ‘this year’…zzzzzzz

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    I was wondering when they were going to go with the endless trial like Warhammer or WoW since they were doing those free weekends. This is a great idea.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @6 Yeah, but once you reach level 15 are you gonna have to shell out 60 bucks + sub just to carry on?

    To me that just seems like shooting yourself in the foot.

    A 15 dollar sub running for one month may not make any money for the publisher, but I don’t see how that paywall is doing them any favors.

    Or anyone else for that matter. Rift has been on sale for 15 dollars or less quite a few times.

    It seems like they’re standing on short term profits, while sacrificing the long term ones, which is really what subbed MMOs are all about, no?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    Yeah just like Warhammer and Wow which as Grim has said for WOW they get a return of 10% with that model.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. GrimRita

    @8
    I think Bioware are just trying to get people in to please those fucking investors. If you even are thinking about taking a peek, have a read on the official forums to see just how bad things are right now – especially for new players.

    If PvE is your thing, then SWTOR probably ticks alot of boxes – the voice acting is probably the best you will find, the cut scenes are excellent(but become boring anything outside of class story) but even after lvl 40, your class story just takes a dive – Bounty Hunter probably being one of the worst.

    If you like PvP, then look elsewhere. There isnt any open world pvp – its broken, each class has up to 3-4 stuns – Agents have a ‘stun lock’ which means, go put the kettle on as you watch yourself die from start to finish and theres nothing you can do about it – hence why so many are re re-rolling Agents atm.

    Bioware havent given much away about server transfers yet but if you are on a low populated server(undetermined by them thus far) you can transfer for free) – but to transfer from anything else, you will have to pay – full details havent been announced.

    Endgame is where this falls flat. There is simply nothing to do. Apart from repeating the same limited Operations over and over and over.

    Save yourself for Guild Wars 2 – theres lots of competitions out there giving away free beta keys. Check their facebook page

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Kalain

    @10
    Yes, reading official forums is always a good guide in determining how good/bad a game is. Go and look at any other MMO and you’ll see exactly the same thing. I thought you knew that Grim.

    PvE is really good in the game if you like story based games. I would’ve preferred a more open nature to the game, but that’s not the direction they went in and I can respect that. I agree after level 40, the story does just bomb for all classes, which is a shame since they started so well.

    PvP is not the greatest, I’ll agree with you there. Too many stuns and crowd controls for my liking.

    As for the endgame, which MMO doesn’t have you redoing the same end-game raids over and over again? They all do, so this point is moot.

    I was hoping that they would go down the Turbine route, F2P & paid subs, but they haven’t hit there yet. Maybe in another year they will. I can only hope.

    As for GW2. I’m really not seeing anything special about this game. The quests are thinly veil go here, kill this; go there collect that style quests; you just don’t know you’re doing it as you increase your quest progress bar. COmbat seemed a bit clunky to me and the classes are so far away from being balanced it’s a bit scary. But, it is in Beta and I’ll see what the next weekend has in store. But, so far, I’m feeling like GW2 should’ve been a Freemium game from the start and not worth the £50 I paid.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. GrimRita

    @11 – When I said look at their forums – its because almost everyone has been crying out for server mergers for a while. They simply should of held off with Legacy(according to Bioware, this is the reason why server transfers are complex! LOL) unless their arrogance took over again, thinking that more would say after 1.2.

    I dont do raids, because it simply bores me to tears, did a few when SWTOR first launched and stayed away because they are woefully dull. I think the reason why SWTOR wont/hasnt gone fully F2P is again down to Bioware/EA arrogance thinking they wouldnt need to.

    They clearly dont have any kind of in game ability to do MTs but when I saw some demos a few years back, they had vendors selling stuff for ‘Force Points’ which LucasArts told me could/would be MTs. So either they removed it, or they didnt develop it further as I never saw it again in future demos.

    With GW2 I am reserving full judgement until its gone gold. I pretty much enjoyed some stuff and didnt like other things. The quests are like other MMOs and I didnt feel like I was grinding – maybe because it was my first beta in GW2 and after say lvl 30+ you will probably think ‘fuck this’.

    The biggest selling point for GW2 will be the pvp. They still have a lot of work to do but they appear to have the time to do it. Its just a shame Bioware missed the open goal with SWTOR and pvp, as it could and should have been amazing but instead turned into the gear grind that put me off high end pvp in Rift(which I have heard they changed).

    With any luck, the lay offs at Bioware will help a smaller team actually focus on improving the game but unless you’re a die hard fan, the majority wont stick around paying £9 a month waiting.

    #12 3 years ago

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    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]