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BioWare's The Old Republic Now Free Until Level 15

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 38 comments

You can now play The Old Republic as much as you please... just don't hit the level cap.

When Star Wars: The Old Republic (SW: TOR) first launched late last year, there was speculation that the MMO would become popular enough to be a World of Warcraft-killer.

Unfortunately, SW: TOR doesn't seem to be living up to that hype. The MMO peaked at 1.7 million subscribers in February. Since SW: TOR is primarily story-driven, not enough new content was being pumped out to hold subscriber interest, leaving SW:TOR with 400,000 less subscriptions by May.

Perhaps in an attempt to rekindle the fire of subscription numbers, BioWare and EA announced that SW:TOR would be free up to level 15, mimicking the trial period that Blizzard implemented with WoW back in June 2011.

SW: TOR has had free weekends before, where non-subscribers could sign up to get a taste of the game. Now, players can experience SW: TOR whenever they please. The new trial gives them enough time to experience the origin stories of the numerous classes and experience PvP -- just enough of a taste to get a non-subscriber hooked.

The free up to level 15 trial began yesterday. You can participate by signing up and downloading the game client at SW: TOR's free trial page.

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    killerclick , July 12, 2012 8:30 AM
    I love that this failed, love it!

    All we wanted was KOTOR III
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    lashabane , July 12, 2012 9:22 AM
    First five comments thumbed down.

    Fanaticism never ceases to amuse me.
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    ironmb , July 12, 2012 7:55 AM
    SWTOR, Diablo 3.. such huge let downs.. Sigh.
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    tomfreak , July 12, 2012 8:28 AM
    by the time GW2 out, 400,000 subs will become 200,000.
  • 16 Hide
    killerclick , July 12, 2012 8:30 AM
    I love that this failed, love it!

    All we wanted was KOTOR III
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    MrMakapuu , July 12, 2012 8:33 AM
    SWTORTANIC!!!!! My 6 mos sub ends in August with most others... Sucks they hyped this.. Hope EA burns!!
  • 10 Hide
    lashabane , July 12, 2012 9:22 AM
    First five comments thumbed down.

    Fanaticism never ceases to amuse me.
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    aggroboy , July 12, 2012 9:51 AM
    Tomfreakby the time GW2 out, 400,000 subs will become 200,000.

    and the same won't happen to GW2?
  • 0 Hide
    officeguy , July 12, 2012 10:16 AM
    I will wait til it is free to play, maybe.
  • 3 Hide
    blubbey , July 12, 2012 10:29 AM
    Tomfreakby the time GW2 out, 400,000 subs will become 200,000.

    Isn't GW2 free, i.e. no subscription?
  • 3 Hide
    contentsmayvary , July 12, 2012 11:01 AM
    aggroboyand the same won't happen to GW2?


    No, because GW2 DOESN'T HAVE SUBS.
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    egmccann , July 12, 2012 11:19 AM
    Pity. Of course, TOR didn't really bring much *new* to the table - and the voice acting really had the potential to slow down content release, honestly. It gained the description of a "single player RPG you have to play online," and that was fairly accurate.
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    jkflipflop98 , July 12, 2012 11:55 AM
    I would have been overjoyed with a KOTOR3. Instead we get this sack of hot garbage.
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    xyriin , July 12, 2012 1:01 PM
    What happened to all the people screaming "WoW-killer"?
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    n3ard3ath , July 12, 2012 1:13 PM
    killerclickI love that this failed, love it!All we wanted was KOTOR III


    Amen
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    gsxrme , July 12, 2012 1:14 PM
    I entirely bored of WoW, Diablo 3 and SWTOR. To be frank, all of them really suck at the moment.
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    n3ard3ath , July 12, 2012 1:16 PM
    officeguyI will wait til it is free to play, maybe.


    Free to play is a plague, stop feeding this virus.
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    loub71 , July 12, 2012 1:32 PM
    killerclickI love that this failed, love it!All we wanted was KOTOR III


    "The MMO peaked at 1.7 million subscribers in February. Since SW: TOR is primarily story-driven, not enough new content was being pumped out to hold subscriber interest, leaving SW:TOR with 400,000 less subscriptions by May."

    The last reported subscriber count is 1.3 million, not 400k. 400k was the number of subs lost in the last quarter.
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    xelliz , July 12, 2012 1:51 PM
    I can't say much for later parts of the game, but I was in the beta and I had a lot of fun playing it. I just didn't sub when it was released because I try to avoid MMO's since they tend to steal your soul...and your life.
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    electrontau , July 12, 2012 1:52 PM
    WoW is still the king of MMO!!!
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    john_4 , July 12, 2012 2:07 PM
    Sorry EA's bitch Bioware but Origin is not going onto my gaming rig.
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