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BioWare announced today that they would be expanding on their current Free-to-Play model this Fall, as players will be able to go beyond the current free level cap of 15 all the way to level 50 for free. When the new feature is rolled out, the game will be split into two options for players to choose from. From their press release:
- Subscription — A service designed for players who want unrestricted access to all the game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content as our current subscribers do now, subscribers will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins, the new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase valuable in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.
- Free-To-Play — The first 50 levels will be Free-to-Play, with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be “unlocked” with Cartel Coins.
Under this model, players who want to experience the core story of SWTOR will be able to do so without a monthly subscription while players who want to be more invested in the game, explore new content as well as end-game content, will be able to pay to do so.
SWTOR will be available for $15 starting next month and include a free month of service prior to the full Free-to-Play rollout.