Prepare your lightsabers and blasters! EA and Bioware have announced that Star Wars the Old Republic will adopt a free-to-play system.

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Coming this Fall, The Old Republic will turn into a hybrid F2P game. What about subscribers? Fret not, these players will be treated as VIPs and given monthly allowance to spend on the online store. To make things fast and simple, this is what they had stated in 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.

If you are not a text person- here’s a graphical view.

So, prepare your lightsabers, blasters and the force because a galactic storm is coming.

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Source via Kotaku

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