BioWare announced today that coming this fall, Star Wars: The Old Republic will be adding a free-to-play model for players.
A subscription model will still be available for players that still wish to pay for premium service, which will include a monthly allotment of Cartel Coins, a new virtual currency also being introduced this fall that will be used to purchase in-game items and features that will "enhance the game play experience."
For free-to-play players, the first 50 levels will be free and will have restrictions that will become unlocked with the use of Cartel Coins.
"Since launch we have been adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace based on the feedback from our fans. " said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic. "We believe we are in a position to help improve the service even more, not only by continuing to add new content, but also by expanding the game to many more Star Wars fans, increasing the populations on worlds and the vibrancy of the community."
Also announced, the game will be on sale for $14.99 and will come with a one-month free subscription.
The free-to-play model will be introduced this August.