Star Wars: The Old Republic free-to-play multiplayer limited to 3 PvP missions a week

Star Wars: The Old Republic has outlined which features will be free and what you'll have to pay for when it switches to a free-to-play model later this fall.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic will be free-to-play before the end of the year, and BioWare has now detailed just what you can expect if you want to explore the galaxy without paying for the privilege. The good news is that one major aspect of TOR, the detailed story, will be completely free for all classes.

Payment starts to come up when you want to run multiplayer missions. You'll get an allotment of three PvP warzone missions a week, three rewarded flashpoints per week, one crew skill, and five revives in the field. If you want to go above that allowance, you can get more by purchasing Cartel Coins. TOR subscribers will already get some Cartel Coins from the start, and those who stay subscribed will get unlimited feature access plus some Cartel Coins to spend freely.

The official site (via PC Gamer) also points out that even making a single purchase will upgrade you to "preferred" status. This lets you sprint, use bank slots, chat and trade, and licenses you to equip purple items.

BioWare has been notably vague about when exactly it will make the F2P switch, but in the meantime has continued producing new content for current subscribers. The company plans on some form of major update every six weeks.

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    October 17, 2012 11:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Star Wars: The Old Republic free-to-play multiplayer limited to 3 PvP missions a week.

    Star Wars: The Old Republic has outlined which features will be free and what you'll have to pay for when it switches to a free-to-play model later this fall.

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      October 17, 2012 11:52 AM

      Just do it - drawing out the inevitable is not beneficial!

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      October 17, 2012 11:54 AM

      " and five revives in the field." So you can only revive 5 times were you died and after that you get sent back to spawn points?

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        October 17, 2012 12:20 PM

        yeah and I wonder if I'm reading this wrong: . This lets you sprint, use bank slots, chat and trade, and licenses you to equip purple items.

        does this mean you cant sprint without paying?....that cant be right....can it?

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          October 17, 2012 12:31 PM

          Without paying once - it's a little harsh but I imagine it's more to stop gold farming.

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          October 17, 2012 1:39 PM

          So even though there are people that paid $60 for the game in the first place, they can't do any of these things unless they purchase cartel coins or whatever in-game content? I was subbed for the first two months and have purple items; now that I am unsubbed and this is F2P will I be unable to wear purple items that I previously acquired? o_O

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            October 17, 2012 1:49 PM

            No, I think they a grandfathering in people who paid.

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              October 17, 2012 1:57 PM

              Ah ok. I feel better now. I really did enjoy the story and look forward to continuing it now that it is F2P. Thanks for the response.

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          October 18, 2012 5:17 AM

          You have to pay to get access to sprint? Yeah, that's a deal breaker. That's as bad as removing jumping unless you pay.

          I had plans to check this out when it became free, but not allowing sprint is just silly.

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      October 17, 2012 1:00 PM

      After playing a lil in the beta, I wasn't able to play at release. I'll certainly give it a try when it goes f2p, the story stuff is what had me most interested anyways.

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      October 17, 2012 1:42 PM

      yikes, limiting PvE and PvP? whew. that's rough. STO looks like a brilliant F2P conversion by comparison.

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      October 17, 2012 1:55 PM

      Later this fall? It's already goddamn fall, and almost goddamn winter. Go F2P already, star-bitches!

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      October 17, 2012 2:33 PM

      It really sounds like they're kind of splitting into a kind of single player F2P game and then a traditional MMO that you can buy into. I wonder if this means they'll make the game easier in places? Oh and fuck not being able to sprint until you buy something! Jeez!

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      October 17, 2012 3:36 PM

      Hahaha geez...3 will get you NOWHERE.

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      October 17, 2012 6:02 PM

      Lol what are they doing

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        October 17, 2012 6:16 PM

        this will be interesting to watch unfold

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        October 17, 2012 6:44 PM

        "John C. asks, 'What's up with BioWare?!'" -- Giant Bombcast email, late December 2011

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          October 18, 2012 12:07 AM

          The check yourself before you wreck yourself award lol

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      October 18, 2012 5:12 AM

      Sounds like its going to be similar to LOTRO, which is cool.

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      October 18, 2012 7:58 AM

      Fail 2 Play

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      November 8, 2012 5:35 PM

      This might get me to play it again. The main stories for some classes are quite good, and I'd like to see the rest of them.