Let's dive into our Star Wars: The Old Republic round-up post a day early considering that SWTOR has now gone free-to-play for the first 15 levels.
We learned back during E3 that The Old Republic would be shifting to free-to-play up to Level 15 in order to ultimately help increase subscriptions. As of this past Tuesday, that shift has happened. Here's the announcement:
"Today we are excited to announce the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Free Trial*. Now you will be able to live out your very own Star Wars™ saga with thousands of other players up to level 15 with no charge or time limit! The Star Wars: The Old Republic Free Trial allows individuals, without a previously active Star Wars: The Old Republic game account, to see a portion of what the game has to offer with no payment method required.
Free Trial participants will experience the opening adventures of each of the eight character classes in the game. Players will explore their classes' Origin World, and may even have the opportunity to visit their faction’s Capital World! Additionally, Free Trial players will have the chance to face off against other players in Player-vs.-Player Warzones, or join up with friends and play through a Flashpoint.
Players who have previously participated in one of the Weekend Pass Free Trials or the Friends of Star Wars: The Old Republic Trial are also eligible to join this new free trial!"
In addition, if you refer a friend through the Friend Trial Referral program, who ends up purchasing a subscription, you can earn the reward of a Kurtob Alliance Speeder. Check out the video below and click here for requirement details.
"Hi again everyone, my name is Toni Phillips and I’m a part of the production team here for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. Now that Group Finder has launched, there are some areas that cause a bit more confusion than others and I wanted to give you a few more details and clarifications about how the feature works.
You may have seen some of this information in my PTS posts prior to the release of Game Update 1.3. It’s still all relevant, but a lot of the information in this blog is brand new! I want to focus on how the system works today, especially tied to how roles are selected and how groups are formed."
And speaking of follow-up posts, SWTOR.com has part 2 of of their Character Transfer, Server Populations, and You series geared towards providing info regarding the Free Character Transfer Service.