Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO undergoes significant changes, which have reduced the restrictions for players who do not spend money in this production (the title now functions in the free-to-play model). The modifications improved the gaming experience and came into force with the July update 5.10.4.
Describing all the changes requires a brief introduction to the topic. The Old Republic,classifies the players into three groups: Free-to-Play, Preferred and Subscription. The first one does not require any additional comment. In the second there are people who have either used to have a subscription or spent money in the in-game shop. The third category, on the other hand, includes people who are currently subscribed. The Free-to-Play and Preferred groups are subject to various types of restrictions, more severe for the former.
SW: TOR - Summary of changes in F2P
Modifications introduced in patch 5.10.4 cover four areas: credit limit (money), skill bars, medical droids (so-called medical probe) and fast-travel system.
- Credit limit - previously F2P players could accumulate no more than 200,000 credits, while Preferred players could accumulate additional 150,000. After the update in both cases the limit was raised to one million credits;
- Additional skill bar - before the patch people playing for free had to cope with using only two skill bars (so-called quickbars, where we can put special skills of the hero to be able to activate them quickly). Preferred players had twice as many of them. People from both groups received another bar (i.e. the limit is now three and five respectively);
- Medical droids - so called Medical Probes are used to resurrect a character in the place where they fell (without using them we have to run / drive a bit). The function was previously available only to subscribers, or after buying a special (consumable) item in the store. Now the medical droids can be used by everyone;
- Fast-travel - same as Medical Probe, the fast-travel system was previously only available to subscribers or persons who had purchased the relevant item. Since the release of the update, all players can benefit from it, which is of great importance given the size of planets in this game.
Star Wars: The Old Republic debuted on December 20, 2011 and is available only on PC. It is also worth noting that developers are currently working on another expansion for the game, entitled Onslaught. The expansion will return to the roots, focusing on the conflict between the Jedi and the Sith. We will also receive new locations (the planet Onderon and the space station Mek-Sha), Flashpoint and Operation.The DLC will be free for subscribers.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic - official website
- Star Wars: The Old Republic - game guide