Star Wars: The Old Republic
Post by tHeBoRg @ 03:56pm 26/03/13 | 21 Comments
game's forums by Community Manager Eric Musco.
Getting to the point of being able to merge the servers is going to be a multistep process. First off we need to update our Free Character Transfer System to include the game changes that we have made recently along with the upcoming changes in Game Update 2.0 and the Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel. We will then offer Free Character Transfers to anyone currently playing on an APAC server to a North American server of the same gameplay type, specifically:The Rise of the Hutt Cartel content expansion is due to arrive on April 14th 2013.
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Post by Eorl @ 12:55pm 12/02/13 | 6 Comments
Game Update 1.7 is coming soon to Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ which will give players brand new in-game content to experience including Relics of the Gree, a limited time live event occurring across the galaxy, and the Galactic Reputation system, an exciting new way for players progress their characters.BioWare has also released a new sneak peak trailer showing just what to expect from this Gree-orientated updated, which you can check out below. You can also find more information on the update at the official website here.
Post by Eorl @ 10:55am 19/12/12 | 7 Comments
new expansion is titled "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" and will see a level increase to 55, new story content and also the introduction of the Makeb planet.
The first Digital Expansion for The Old Republic introduces an aggressive new enemy threatening the future of the galaxy: the Hutt CartelCurrently information is still light on what else players can expect from the first expansion, however for those eager you can expect to pay $9.99 as a subscriber or $19.99 for anyone who is using the new free-to-play option. BioWare are also offering five days of early access to the expansion if you pre-order before January 7th 2013, with both pricing plans able to take up on the offer. Pre-ordering will also garner a "preferred status" for free-to-play players, allowing access to more of the games content.
Post by Eorl @ 10:15am 16/11/12 | 24 Comments
Star Wars: The Old Republic is a story-driven, massively multiplayer online game with a Free-to-Play option from BioWare and LucasArts. Set thousands of years before the classic Star Wars movies, players team up with friends online to fight in heroic battles, explore a galaxy of vibrant planets and experience visceral Star Wars combat, all set to a sweeping musical score.BioWare has also coincided the release of Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated, which adds new areas to explore, a new Companion character and more. Players who take up on the free-to-play option will find that they can level all the way to 50, however there are certain restrictions being placed, including limited access to chat functionality and Flashpoints.
For more info on what to expect from the new free-to-play option head over to the official game page which also includes a chart on what features each subscription model can access.
Post by Eorl @ 10:50am 09/11/12 | 10 Comments
official website, stating that the option will become available alongside the release of Game Update 1.5.
Today we are excited to announce that the global launch date of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Free-to-Play option will be November 15, 2012. This release will be simultaneous across all of the territories and countries The Old Republic is available.Players looking at joining the ranks of the Star Wars MMO can check out a full run down of what to expect in the free-to-play system, including mentions of restrictions to those playing for free over here. The most significant restriction seems to be that a slower exp gain will be made to those on the new system, however everyone will be able to access all level 1-50 content including each storyline.
A new devolper diary has also been released, detailing what players can expect from the MMO's 'Cartel Store', a marketplace that players can purchase various items from with the new in-game currency being added in Game Update 1.5. CHeck out the video below for more details.
Post by Dan @ 12:16pm 18/10/12 | 6 Comments
Free-to-play Option Chart" detailing the features of each (via: Massively):
As a general rule, the restrictions are in threes: three Flashpoints per week, three Warzones per week, three Space Missions per week. Players will also be able to buy weekly passes for these features to get unlimited access. There will also be restrictions on inventory expansions and cargo hold storage for free players, and field revivals on death will be limited.Further information on TOR's free-to-play implementation can be found in the game's support pages.
Post by Eorl @ 10:24am 02/10/12 | 5 Comments
For those still enjoying the game, you can check out the trailer below for a brief overview of some of the new content in the update, as well as checking out the official patch notes for a full run down of what has changed.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:38pm 11/09/12 | 22 Comments
"We’re committed to: about every six weeks, doing a major update for the game -- which would be a new Warzone, a new Operation, a new Flashpoint, a new event -- and to doing that on a really frequent cadence, every six weeks. So we’re going to stick to that," Bromberg told us regarding the team's plans moving forward.
"As well as the free-to-play launch -- which is coming in the fall -- we announced that subscribers who have lapsed are already qualified to get Cartel Coins, which will be the in-game currency in the game once free-to-play launches," he added of bringing back lost players. "So you get credit, not just for becoming a subscriber now, going forward, but also for all the time that you were a subscriber, you get more credits and more coin. So we’re hoping that that will encourage people to come back to the game and try it now."
The rest of the interview talks about free-to-play hurdles, the current vibe out at BioWare and hints at new developments on the horizon.
Click here for the full video interview and transcript.
Post by Eorl @ 11:56am 08/09/12 | 7 Comments
It seems this is no different for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware's first MMO that launched late last year and has since been inching towards the free-to-play region. While the notion of change is in the works, president of EA Frank Gibeau believes they won't fully get rid of the subscription model, stating to Kotaku that "I think subscription is just one way delivering content".
In the case of Battlefield Premium, Gibeau believes having the extra subscription has helped moved more than a million subscriptions, however in The Old Republic's case a free-to-play model would better suit the market and the players. Though Gibeau notes that while the game will be free-to-play, it isn't going to not offer subscriptions. While you can easily jump into the game and play for free, you'll be given the option (if you want) to purchase a subscription that will offer a bit more in terms of gameplay and access.
The EA president goes on to say that free-to-play games and ones that require monthly subscriptions will always be able to co-exist, saying that games like League of Legends could easily work together in the same environment as Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Source: Kotaku [The Old Republic Is Going Free-to-Play, But EA Prez Says Subscriptions Aren’t Dead]
Post by Dan @ 09:38am 01/08/12 | 10 Comments
Due to roll out in Spring 2012 (US Fall, expected to be in November), the free to play option will give all-comers access to all eight classes and storylines right up to level 50, but some "new content and advanced player features" will be restricted and unlockable via micro-transactions with a new game currency called "Cartel Coins".
Paid subscription will continue to be an option, and subscribers will have immediate access to all new game content, as well as receive a monthly "allowance" of Cartel Coins to purchase the customisable gear and "convenience features" from the new marketplace.
“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.More details on the transition to free to play can be found in this official press release, and on this preview page on the game's official site.