Some of the reasons people choose not to play MMORPGs is because some of the more popular ones, like Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, requires that players pay a subscription fee every month on top of purchasing the game itself. If that is one of the reasons that has been holding you back from playing BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR), you might be interested to learn that the game could be taking the free-to-play route in the future. This was revealed by the game’s Lead Designer, Emmanuel Lusinchi who was quoted as saying (via GamesTM):
“The MMO market is very dynamic and we need to be dynamic as well. Unless people are happy with what they have, they are constantly demanding updates, new modes and situations. So we are looking at free-to-play but I can’t tell you in much detail. We have to be flexible and adapt to what is going on”
Of course this is by no means a confirmation that the game will become free-to-play, but it’s interesting to learn that they are at the very least considering that avenue. Given that its active player base has been dwindling, perhaps the free-to-play model will encourage other players to try their hand at the game. So, what do you guys think? Should SWTOR take the F2P model or do you think that the subscription model is better and could ensure quality content in the process?
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