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Star Wars: The Old Republic Launches Free-to-Play

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm by Justin Cavender

BioWare and LucasArts announced today the free-to-play option for the MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic is now live. Players can experience the complete storylines of all eight classes, all the way to level 50 for free.

“We want to give our players the freedom to enjoy Star Wars: The Old Republic when and how they want,” said Matthew Bromberg, General Manager of BioWare Austin. “There has never been a better time to start playing with us.”

Current and past subscribers are awarded with Cartel Coins, which are virtual currency used to purchase in-game items and game features. Players can access the Cartel Market by clicking the Cartel Coin icon located on the user interface in-game.

But that’s not all, BioWare also released Game Update 1.5. This patch adds new areas to explore, a new Companion character and more, including:

  • 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!

If you didn’t pick up The Old Republic before, now is a good time to try it out. I definitely enjoyed the first chapter for each class. After about level 20 or so my interest dwindled pretty quickly. Start dragging your feet on the carpet, it’s time to shock some rebel scum, err Republic guys…

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