It's finally happened. EA and Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic has gone free-to-play, following a rather limp launch year. Although there is now no official payment barrier to play, subscribers can still pay a monthly fee to get unlimited access to the game's content.
If you choose not to pay the $14.99 charge, there will be free-to-play restrictions imposed, which includes a level 50 cap. A micro-transactions system has also been implemented so that items and equipment can be purchased using real-world currency.
The last year has been particularly turbulent for the ambitious MMO. After launching to a reasonable 1.7 million active subscribers, numbers started to drop to 1.3 million and hit a low of under 1 million in July. Fellow MMO developer Trion opined that The Old Republic's problem wasn't necessarily its business model, but the content that Bioware was offering
Now that it's free-to-play, are you considering jumping back in? Let us know, as always, in the comments box below - or the forum.