UPDATED: November 15th, 2012 for Patch 1.5
Welcome to the Fanatical Swordsman’s Free-to-Play Player’s Guide to the Cartel Market.
My goal with this article is to keep the general public up-to-date on the best purchases for Free-to-Play players to make. If you plan to never spend a dime on the game, then this is not the guide for you, as everything in this will have some real-world dollar amount attached to it. If you want to spend as little as possible, then this is the guide for you.
Subscribers considering going Free-to-Play should also read carefully, as I compare pricing to the standard 1-month rate of $14.99. Some of the package options when only playing one way (such as Operations only) save a bit of money from the subscription. Read more…
Patch 1.5 has been on the Public Test Server for quite some time now. A recent post from Joveth Gonzales confirmed that we will not see it hit the live servers this week.
Joveth Gonzalez has just confirmed via Twitter that there will be “No 1.5 this week. We’re still testing on PTS. This was going to be a normal maintenance for our systems.”
Correct. Stay tuned for info on when Game Update 1.5 is coming out. You shouldn’t have to wait too long.
Now the question remains, when will it hit? Today is the six-week mark from the last content update. It isn’t really because I am especially looking forward to this particular patch (though HK-51 is awesome), it is really more of an interest in when Patch 1.6 will come out with Ancient Hypergates. As I have expressed before on Tactical Strike, I have been chomping at the bit to get into Ancient Hypergates. So the faster 1.5 gets here, the faster 1.6 gets here, and the faster I am happy!
I love Star Wars: The Old Republic. I will continue playing it through free-to-play, I will continue playing on the FOUR SAME MAPS in PvP, and I will continue to level characters through my pet peeve planet Balmorra over and over again so I can continue to learn these great stories.
But I think Bioware goofed on this event. Here are some of the things that made me say “Really?!?” Read more…
So yes, SWTOR announced that it is going F2P in November. I had suspected it was going in this direction, but I wasn’t sure.
I think this will be a great thing for SWTOR honestly. People are denouncing it as a massive catastrophe, but I truly believe that it will revitalize SWTOR. I have been through this transition before, remember. I played LOTRO before it went free, and I heard all the doom and gloomers talk about how the gameplay would be ruined and the content would suck, etc. etc. Instead, it was a great chance to get people into the game for fun and friendship. I played for a good year after it went F2P, and I enjoyed the whole time.
I think there will be three responses to this announcement.
Number 1: I am going to reinstall SWTOR. I liked it, but I couldn’t justify the sub.
Number 2: OMG I AM QUITTING THIS GAME RIGHT NOW, YOU ALL SUCK FOR STAYING, SWTOR WILL DIE LIKE I HAVE PREDICTED FOR 9 MONTHS NOW, AND I AM GLAD I CANCELED MY SUB ALL THAT TIME AGO (which seems odd, since they are still on the forums, but oh well.)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
Number 3: I am glad I will get to try the game and continue my story past level 15. It was just getting good. (this is my brother)
What do you think? Will this be another LOTRO, where F2P revitalizes the game and makes it flush with new players and new friends? Or will this be like the gasps of a dying breed of payment models, solidifying SWTOR in the realm of City of Heroes and Age of Conan where the P2W options are more prevalent?
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I know this is a touchy issue, so please read the entire article before commenting. I am going to try to present both sides fairly, as well as give my honest opinion in a non-offensive manner. I would encourage you to do the same.
Bioware has said that they will put Same-Gender Romances into the game soon. People have been arguing on the forums since the Beta about whether SGR are things that people need in game. Read more…