It seems that publisher Electronic Arts is very unhappy with the evolution of sales for Star Wars: The Old Republic. MMORPG developed by BioWare remained under one million paying subscribers, far too little to cover the costs of production and maintenance of the game and get a profit (for comparison, at the end of last year, World of Warcraft still enjoy no more than 10.2 million paying subscribers).
Thus, EA decided to offer new options for Star Wars: The Old Republic revert to the good graces of MMO gamers: in August of this year, the price of the game will be significantly reduced (equivalent to $ 15), a monthly subscription charge will be added in this offer. Despite this promotion, absolute novelty about the future of Star Wars: The Old Republic game consists of passing the Free to Play model, move planned for this fall.
Players will now have two ways to (re) enter in the online world of Star Wars: either will usually pay a fee, in which case they can enjoy everything the game has to offer, without restrictions, or they may use the free version to Play of Star Wars: The Old Republic, a situation that will allow free advance of any class of characters (of eight) until level 50, with certain limitations, these will be addressed through micro transactons.
In addition to insufficient flow of players, Electronic Arts’s decision was motivated by a survey conducted among the fewer than one million subscribers to Star Wars: The Old Republic. According to results, 40% of players said they do not like the solution to a paid monthly subscription, many of those who have ceased to pay subscription stating they would be willing to return to Star Wars: The Old Republic if the game would go to Free to Play system.