(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The gaming universe surely just became a heck of a lot more appealing to Star Wars fans, especially those interested in playing MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.
On Tuesday while detailing fiscal quarter results, game creator Electronic Arts announced that a version of the title would become free. That move waives a previous monthly fee required for play amid a decline of user participation in the much raved about game title.
The free version is set to become available in a galaxy not so far away this November. However, that emergence of free availability doesn’t mean everything is entirely up for grabs. A $14.99 premium subscription will stick around, offering players full access to game specifics like character creation choices, warzones, flashpoints, space missions and more while free players will be limited in what they can access in those areas.
According to a BBC report, EA noted that play in Star Wars: The Old Republic had fallen below the one million user mark. While that’s still admirable, it significantly lags in a market still dominated by games such as Blizzard’s World of Warcraft (WoW). Perhaps a free version will draw new gamers to the title with game developers cashing in if some decide to switch over to the premium offering.
Star Wars: The Old Republic was initially launched in the fall of last year thanks to a partnership between Electronic Arts, Lucasarts and Bioware. Referring to EA’s financial results, Interim Financial Officer Ken Barker said the company accounted for a “solid first quarter.” Meanwhile, EA Labels President Frank Gibeau noted the company had “generated over $1.3 billion in non-GAAP digital net revenue.”