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SWTOR F2P Model Changes Due to Beta Feedback

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Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s incoming “free-to-play” conversion is live on the public test shards, and thanks to player feedback the team at BioWare have made some adjustments to some of the F2P restricitons.

Damion Schubert posted the following on the official forums:

“We’ve been observing PTS closely over the last few days. In that time, we have generally been very pleased with how well the build has been performing, as well as overall reaction to the build both on the boards and in-game. That being said, based on community and internal feedback here and further deliberation, we will in short order make the following changes to the Free to Play restrictions.”

Those changes are as follows:

  • Free-to-Play players will now get a second quickslot bar.
  • Free-to-Play players will now be able to do 5 Warzones per week instead of 3.
  • The Cartel Coin item lock (i.e. temporary bind) will be reduced to 3 days for Free-to-Play players, and 2 days for subscribers.

Mr. Schubert also had more to say regarding Warzones, and the quality of PvP going forward post F2P.

“Perhaps the most interesting point regarding the Warzones limitation is that some players have concerns that putting limitations on Warzone runs might make Warzone queues less likely to fire. While it is possible that this may happen, we don’t think it will — our subscriber base likely will not shrink much, and for some of our competitors, converting to Free-to-Play has resulted in a subscriber increase! Which means that Warzone queues should likely see improvement from what you experience in game, and at minimum be relatively unchanged in experience.”

“That being said, one of our golden rules is that the Free-to-Play experience should not cheapen the experience for paying subscribers. If it turns out that the Free-to-Play conversion results in a degraded Warzone experience once we go live for subscribers, you can rest assured that we will quickly make adjustments to the system to ensure that subscribers have an optimal experience. “

BioWare seems to be listening to player feedback and taking their suggestion into consideration, something the studio isn’t exactly well-known for.

You can check out the entire post on the official SWTOR forums.

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