Star Wars: The Old Republic- Less Strict on Free-to-Play Accounts
Since Star Wars: The Old Republic is about to extend the free-to-play option to those unwilling to pay, Bioware recently revealed the restrictions those accounts will face. Those very same restrictions are now being lessened thanks to community and internal feedback.
As a result of the changes, players utilizing the free-to-play method will have a second quickslot bar as well as being able to run five Warzones per week. Had there been no changes to the restrictions, players would have no second quickslot bar and only three Warzones each week. Lead Designer Damion Schubert went on to explain the changes that have been made.
“Our subscriber base likely will not shrink much, and for some of our competitors, converting to Free-to-Play has resulted in a subscriber increase! Which means that Warzone queues should likely see improvement from what you experience in game, and at minimum be relatively unchanged in experience.
“That being said, one of our golden rules is that the Free-to-Play experience should not cheapen the experience for paying subscribers. If it turns out that the Free-to-Play conversion results in a degraded Warzone experience once we go live for subscribers, you can rest assured that we will quickly make adjustments to the system to ensure that subscribers have an optimal experience.
“It is important conversely that the subscription offers subscribers strong, tangible benefits over the Free-to-Play experience. We value our subscribers greatly, and they are crucial to the success of Star Wars: the Old Republic.”
Schubert also went on to explain about preferred status. For any former subscriber whose account has been locked can get preferred status. F2P subscribers that make a single purchase from the official site will have their account upgraded to preferred status.
No official word on when the free-to-play method will be available but it is expected to arrive before the end of this year.