Star Wars: The Old Republic goes Free to Play Today
I’ve already got my game patched and up to date as of the time of this post. Admittedly, I haven’t kept up with the F2P details of Star Wars: The Old Republic. There are two reasons why. In order, they are:
- The severe limitation on warzones for F2Pers.
- Guild Wars 2 was much better than I planned.
Today I took a cursory glance at the fine print below the shiny Free to Play sticker. I was not impressed.
Pay to Log In, Then Pay to Log Out
It’s not exactly that bad, but it’s close. You have to pay for nearly every feature in the game. Need more than two hot bars? Coins please. Did you still want to wear artifact gear? Coins please. How about displaying your legacy name? Coins please. This is the most blatant and absurd money grab I have ever seen. Did I forget to mention it costs more to unlock these features across all your characters? That’s right. A small fee to unlock on one key, or a large fee to unlock your whole account. I’ve seen a lot of net rage over EA being money hungry. I used to think it was just being blown out of proportion. Used to think. I hope Disney yanks the IP lease from them as early as possible. The biggest offense I saw was 100 cartel coins to unlock the ability to hide your head slot. Given the history of MMORPGs, the head slot piece is the least displayed. This is generally because they look absolutely horrid. Star Wars: The Old Republic is no exception. Paying more to hide an ugly item actually encourages Bioware to create inferior content. Shouldn’t we be paying more for superior content?
There Is One Way Free To Play Might Benefit You
Once EA is done overcharging you for the basic essentials you need just to play the game, you might be able to catch a little savings. There is one, small, window where the F2P model for Star Wars: The Old Republic might benefit you. If you’re like me, and really only want to do PvP (or any one thing), unlimited warzones for a week costs 240 cartel coins. At $5 for 450 coins, that’s at least a small savings over the $15 a month model. If you buy more coins, you save more money too.