Following a stunning 400K subscriber drop for Star Wars: The Old Republic in the March quarter,...


Following a stunning 400K subscriber drop for Star Wars: The Old Republic in the March quarter, Electronic Arts (EA) plans to make much of the game available for free starting in July. EA spent over $150M to develop The Old Republic, and the shift to a "freemium" model could represent a last-ditch effort to make the game pay off. (yesterday)

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  • Abriael
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    This is completely wrong . The fact is only the first 15 levels of the game will be available for free. The game has 50 levels. It's a very small fraction, not even nearly "much of the game". As a matter of fact a player can get to level 15 in a few hours, while it can easily take a month of more to get to the top levels, without even mentioning the endgame content after one reaches level 50 and the legacy system, that isn't available until around level 30. Anyone that played the game knows that the first 15 levels don't amount to more than 5% of the content.

     

    Comparatively, Activision Blizzard alreadt made the first *twenty* levels of World of Warcraft free, contrary to what this piece says.
    6 Jun 2012, 01:22 AM Reply Like
  • Harm Hoeksema
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    I have to agree that this comment is completely 'factual' wrong.

     

    It is still subscriber based, just you can 'try it' for some levels to get more players hooked and let more players experience the game in order to get them paying.

     

    Blizzard started this approximately 3-4 years ago and look where it got them.
    6 Jun 2012, 06:30 AM Reply Like
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