It finally happened: Star Wars: The Old Republic is going free-to-play, starting November. Free-to-play players will have unrestricted access to levels 1-50 and the full storylines of each class, but will be restricted in other ways.
Some species will be unavailable for play, and they will be limited in the amount of warzones, flashpoints and space missions they can undertake. Travel is also limited for F2P players, and they are disbarred completely from operations. Naturally, people can continue to subscribe, which will remove all limitations and give them rewards of “Cartel Coins” which can be spent on various cosmetic goods.
The news comes off the back of EA releasing their latest financials, in which John Riccitiello said sales of SW:TOR were “disappointing”, and that subscriptions had dropped below one million.
Source: SWTOR (thanks to Simon for the tip)