The Old Republic Could Go Free to Play

Free to play should no longer be considered a warning label. There are too many quality free games these days to write the entire sub-genre off. Still, there’s no denying that if Star Wars: The Old Republic were to go F2P well before it turns one year old, it would be considered by many to be a flop. So will SWTOR go free to play? After losing 400,000 subscribers in the last quarter, BioWare now openly concedes it is considering it.

In an interview with GamesTM, SWTOR Lead Designer Emmanuel Lusinchi said BioWare will be flexible to adapt to the rapidly changing MMO market — even if that means going F2P.

“The MMO market is very dynamic and we need to be dynamic as well,” he says. “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.”

Based on the model, would you be more interested in SWTOR if it were free? Or is the bell tolling for SWTOR, free or not? 

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