Star Wars: The Old Republic Video Explains Free-to-Play Restrictions

It’s old news by this point that Bioware’s MMO will be going free to play, but now the company released a video showing what exactly free players will be missing out on, and I have to say, it’s quite a bit.

Free players will only be able to participate in three Warzones, Flashpoints, and Space Missions each per week, and they’ll be locked out of Operations entirely. In order to do more than what’s allowed, players will need to purchase weekly passes.

Character creation will also be limited for free players, as will the number of inventory slots.

Free players won’t have access to the cargo hold until they shell out the Cartel Coins needed to unlock it, and even then, the space in the cargo hold with be limited until players pay more Cartel Coins to expand it. Fast travel cool down will be longer for free players, and they’ll only have one available Crew Skill slot, with the option to buy more slots with Cartel Coins.

Pretty much the only facet of the entire game that free players get in its entirety is the story itself. Players are able to level their character from 1-50 and experience story content completely, which is arguably, the strong suit of all Bioware games.

Unfortunately, I saved the worst for last. If you’re a free player, you won’t be able to equip purple weapons. So basically if you want access to the best gear in the game, you’ll have to cough up the green and get a subscription.

You can check out all of the restrictions here: