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It's Official: SWTOR going F2P

31 July 2012 - 07:37 PM


EA BioWare is making the jump to lightspeed -- and free-to-play. That's right: As of this fall, Star Wars: The Old Republicwill transition to a hybrid F2P business model.

Players who choose to engage in free-to-play will be able to experience a majority of the game for free, including the first 50 levels and all eight classes. BioWare did state that there will be restrictions, but those can be removed with microtransactions.

SWTOR will still be available in the standard subscription model. Subscribers will be given an allowance of store currency, called Cartel Coins, to buy customizable gear and other niceties. Current subscribers and those who sign back up before the fall can also rack up special rewards for when the transition is made.

BioWare GM Matthew Bromberg said that this is the next logical step for the game: "Players want flexibility and choice. The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republic universe."

Check out Massively's recent Hyperspace Beacon column on why F2P was inevitable for the game. BioWare's also posted a F2P FAQ with all the nitty-gritty details.

[Source: EA press release]


Looking for "that guild"

21 July 2012 - 03:39 AM



16 June 2012 - 02:31 PM

Has anyone heard of this project? SWGEmu is a recreation of Star Wars Galaxies Pre-Combat update (basically pre-NGE). I've been playing it the past few days and I've been a great time. It's basically fully functional and has about 90% of the features of the real game. So if you guys wants to live a bit of nostalgia, trying out a legend, or just play arguably the best sandbox game ever made: http://www.swgemu.co...ums/content.php

This is how BioWare SHOULD of made SWTOR.


SWGEmu is many things, but fundamentally it is community. Initially and on the surface, it is a recreation of Star Wars Galaxies, a MMORPG fashioned around the Star Wars universe and containing many of its familiar characters and locales. But, at its heart, SWGEmu is about what made Galaxies so special in the first place, the community.

Players can be anyone from a struggling musician to a feared bounty hunter, or even their own version of Uncle Owen- Luke Skywalker's uncle. Creatures abound the vast landscapes of 10 planets, providing a host of combative and exploratory adventures; but those less daring types can still find a home in the cavernous system of item creation by making anything from housing structures to deadly weapons. Each profession provides its own style and depth of play to this game in a galaxy far, far away, and combining them to invent a persona allows each player not only a chance to play something special and unique but to actually experience that universe of wonder and possibility we have only seen in movies.

Still, all of these elements only scratch the surface of that most important feature of the game- community. Players provide the content by filling the universe with their creations. Bounty hunters compete for targets; hunters fight for the best hides and meat; and crafters constantly try to outdo one another with better goods and competitive pricing. But it's not all competition and fighting. Sometimes, the greatest sense of immersion can be found in camaraderie- like sharing a campsite with strangers after a long, hard day of hunting on some distant world. Sharing stories and making friends, these moments are what truly define SWGEmu and the real Galaxies experience.

SWGEmu, an independent, non-profit, volunteer venture, is the crux of a massive effort to revive the pre-CU of SWG to the community of whom were so dastardly betrayed by the company that brought them this one-of-a-kind game. It has been the focus of the Founders and staff of the SWGEmu project since 2005 to rebuild and restructure a game that we remember as the pinnacle of creativity, brilliance, and most importantly, community strength.

SWGEmu is a conglomeration of down-to-earth, fun-loving, and intelligent MMO gamers. The staff and developers are a mixture of ordinary SWG veterans and even non-SWG players. This fact, along with the testimony of those who are actively pursuing the progression of this endeavor, is proof of the love for this jewel of a game. Currently boasting thousands of active players, the EMU is dedicated to bringing to us, the community, what we remember as the pre-CU, and to give us the “fixes” and content that we were so desperately in need of before Sony Online Entertainment crushed our hopes and dreams.

No longer is the memory of a pre-CU SWG game a relic of the past, but a beacon of the present. Every day more and more of the community are stepping-up and volunteering their time to make this project a complete product. Our work is an avocation-more simply put-a labor of love. May you saunter through the doors of MMO genius and fun with us as we overcome the mistakes of the past and build a great and glorious game, years ahead of the future.