The latest MMO bit by the Free to Play bug is Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic. One of the most highly anticipated MMO’s in years was popular at launch but has since seen a decline in its user base. This fall, you will be able to advance to the level cap of 50 with all classes. Some content and functionality will remain locked and is accessible through micro transactions.
We’ve seen this swap to a F2P model work well for other games in the genre, revitalizing them by bringing back an active community that was driven off by the thought of paying a monthly fee. With high profile competitor Guild Wars 2′s impending release this August it will be interesting to see how many will actually return to SW:TOR. Many players said The Old Republic made for a fantastic single player game if you ignore the multiplayer and grouping mechanics so those of you itching for KOTOR 3 might want to give this a look. Below is the list found on the Bioware site showing the differences between the two models.