Bioware said it's adding a free-to-play (F2P) option to its online game Star Wars: The Old Republic this fall. The F2P option will give players access to each of the eight Star Wars character class storylines, which they can grind up to level 50. Bioware's pro bono mode will also include unlimited game access and new higher-level game content and features made available through individual purchases or via a subscription.
"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," said Matthew Bromberg, GM of Bioware Austin.
The F2P play option will carry restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features, though some of those will be unlockable via Cartel Coins. Bioware also vowed to increase the frequency of game content updates, the first of which will be rolled out in August.
You can view a comparison of subscription versus free play accounts in Bioware's handy online chart.