Star Wars: The Old Republic could go with the free-to-play model

Star Wars: The Old Republic might just be heading into the free-to-play model. SWTOR’s lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi has discussed the possibility due to the obvious subscriptions drop as well as the recent layoffs that hit the Austin studio last month. Many gamers really don’t care behind the curtains, instead they focus on what their money should be paying for as well as feel privileged to features found in other MMOs. The hardest part is balancing the quality within the competition as well as introducing brand new updates, quests, and features.

According to Emmanuel Lusinchi, “The MMO market is very dynamic and we need to be dynamic as well. Unless people are happy with what they have, they are constantly demanding updates, new modes and situations. So we are looking at free-to-play but I can’t tell you in much detail. We have to be flexible and adapt to what is going on. The players don’t really care about all that, behind closed curtains, but they want what they’re paying for which is a service with new content, new systems, that’s what they’re asking for and we listen to them. That’s what we mean to deliver.”

Update 1.3 isn’t anything special, but Bioware has already incorporated server transfers and soon the looking for group tool will be improved, adaptive gear and class balance changes will additionally be integrated into the MMO.

However check out the trailer below that was featured at E3. The new trailer showcases an increased level cap and a new planet and species that will all be revealed by the end of the year.


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