World of Warcraft recently went off on a quest to draw in new adventurers by adopting a free-to-play model, allowing players to experience the game up to level 20 alongside other restrictions. This begs the question if the competition, EA and BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic, will use a similar model. Wedbush Securities analyst Edward Woo begs to differ.
"The game has been out for over 6 years, and they figure they should try to get more new players interested in the game (its been pretty stagnant in US and Europe subs for a while)," Woo said to NowGamer. "Free to play games are gaining popularity, so I think this is just a test to see if it can hopefully bring in new players."
According to Woo, Blizzard's move to F2P is unlikely to impact SW:TOR, which he believes will stick to the more traditional monthly subscription model: "I think the payment models for Star Wars will match WoW, monthly sub prices of $12 in US and Europe with time cards to play in China (if and when it gets rolled out there)."