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Star Wars: The Old Republic – now Free-2-Play

The boys and girls over at Bioware have been busy getting the new 1.5 patch for Star Wars: The Old Republic online, called HK-51 Activated, which now includes complete free-2-play ability across all the character classes.

This year hasn’t been kind to Bioware with subscriptions climbing at amazing rates at launch, only to fall below a million paying subs around June , technical glitches and staff layoffs; but the F-2-P announcement was met with positive response when first announced, plus outlines of what you’d be getting as a F-2-P player, is making this move sweeter for all involved. Of course for the die-hards, a standard subscription is still available with full benefits.

As a big fan of the original Knights of the Old Republic series, I’m still subbed and enjoying the game, plus it’s not every day that the boss says, “let’s go do a flashpoint” during lunchbreak.



Copy / pasting from the press release, this is what to expect from the expansion:

• Get ready for an action-packed adventure to earn control of one of the galaxy’s most deadly Assassins, HK-51. Submerged beneath the icy surface of Belsavis lies a derelict ship and if you are brave enough to venture through the wreckage, you will embark on a mission that ultimately rewards you with a powerful new, yet familiar, ally the ruthless Assassin Droid, HK-51.

• Explore Section X, a previously untouched area of the prison world of Belsavis. The Dread Masters’ servants are searching for a powerful and ancient weapon. Fly to Section X and secure the target of their search to be richly rewarded.

• Travel to Denova to take on Operation: Explosive Conflict – now with a Nightmare Mode! Teams who complete in this new mode can earn the final pieces of the Dread Guard gear set and a brand new mount that will be sure to cause tank envy!

Those who have played and left, will this conversion be enough to swing you back? Comment below!

Source: SWOTOR Press release


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