The announcement actually comes before EA’s earnings call. The online MMO had been confirmed to be loosing subscribers at a steady rate. With the upcoming Guild Wars 2 title and recent servers problems, even analysts have predicted The Old Republic to further loose more subscribers.
Going free-to-play is a last bit effort by BioWare and EA to save their game and bring back the numbers.
Post fall players will have access to all eight character classes but will only be able to level up until 50. Players who wish to go beyond that will be required to either pay a subscription cost or conduct individual purchases. Going past level 50 also gives you access to new game content.
Star Wars: The Old Republic will be available this fall for $14.99 and will include one free month of subscription. BioWare has also promised more content and updates which will be coming soon.
Matthew Bromberg, GM of BioWare Austin said:
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.
Does this convince you to join the Jedi ranks in Star Wars: The Old Republic?