For those of us who were playing LOTRO back before the free days, FTP is not such a dirty acronym. It flawlessly popped into the game I was already paying a monthly fee for, and let me keep my “normal” premium status without interruption. In fact the system allotted me points every month that I could spend on neat things in the new micro transaction store!
“Austin, Texas – July 31, 2012 – BioWare™, a Label of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), announced today that it will be expanding the story-driven, massively multiplayer online game Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ by adding a new Free-to-Play option this fall. This option will give players access to each of the eight iconic Star Wars character class storylines, all the way up to level 50, with certain restrictions*. Unlimited game access, including new higher-level game content and new features will be made available through individual purchases or through a subscription option.”
I also would like to point out the fact that it might be easier to get your friends to join and pay for a month for your recriutment speeder,
“As the first step towards adding the new Free-to-Play option this fall, in August at retail Star Wars: The Old Republic will go on sale for $14.99 USD, including one-month of free subscription.”
I know, I know, call out the bugler and start playing that sad tune. Now, keep in mind all of the benefits that I pointed out about LOTRO above. This is the beginning of a great thing for the people who already did not mind paying the subscription. We will be getting all kinds of bonuses for paying the “normal” cost that we have already been able to afford every month. For those who would consider going to FTP because you just do not want to pay, you need to take a look at this:
With this knowledge in hand I would assume that this throws a wrench in any plans a veteran player had to go FTP. Having limited access to FPs and Warzones with no access at all to Operations keeps us endgame progression players at bay and locked into the monthly fee. There are other random perks for people who have payed to play prior to August 1st, and even more perks for those who are owners of collectors editions. I have to admit that I do feel burned that Digital Deluxe owners like myself are not getting some tiny trinket of Biware’s affection in this process, but I should still have a good chunk of Cartel Coins coming my way.
As for a release date, the best thing we recieved is “Coming Soon”, and “Free to play option this fall.”