No, BioWare’s Star Wars MMO The Old Republic isn’t going completely free to play, but it is adding an option for newbies to feel the force for nothing (and some cool stuff for those already onboard).
Starting this Fall (no strict date as of yet), the massively multiplayer online RPG will be free to play for new players up to level 50. New sign-ups won’t really be handicapped too much either (though there will be some limitations) as they’ll have access to all 8 of the game’s character classes, unlimited play time, and access to some new stuff as it becomes available. You’ll also have the option to upgrade to the full version at any time if you go the free route.
If you’re a current (or former) player, you’re not going to be left out of the party either. Current subscribers will be getting free grants of Cartel Coins and will also be getting some special qualifications for upcoming ‘in game’ events.
There will also be more updates and additions to the game in general as it moves forward- something that will benefit everybody who’s looking to keep the game fresh. To celebrate the free to play option, The Old republic will also be going on sale in August for $14.99 USD which will include one month of play time.
If you’re interested in joining the Jedi order (or the Dark Side for that matter), you can find out more about the free options for The Old Republic (as well as all the new stuff) here.