Star Wars MMO might be going F2P

Posted on June 15, 2012 - 2:00pm by Sean Hinz

 After the honeymoon (free 30-day subscription), many MMOs see a drop in subscribers. Star Wars was no exception to this and BioWare notes that nearly a half million subscribers have stopped playing, settling at about 1.3 million current subscribers in the universe. Because of this, BioWare’s lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi mentions that the free-to-play model might be a viable option.

"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."

It isn’t as simple as making a game available for free. Lusinchi feels that the game needs competitive in-game pricing as compared to other titles in the same space as well. It isn’t so much that the free part that is enticing, as much as it is the content that users can purchase being justified. After it was revealed that the first 15 levels will be free-to-play coming later this summer, expect to hear more about this soon.

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