Star War: the Old Republic to Be FREE-TO-ACCESS
BioWare General Manager Dr. Ray Muzyka said that Star War: the Old Republic's not-yet-publicized pricing plan will "be more of the traditional business model with maybe some twists as well."
BioWare plans to break the conventional charge rules of game market, both pay-to-play and free-to-play. When we talk about the fee of MMO games, we mean buying games (Guild Wars), monthly fee (World of Warcraft, EVE Online) or cash items (Dragonica, Dragon Oath, N.E.O Online).
Muzyka said: "With Star Wars: The Old Republic, we haven't announced anything yet. But what we're striving to do, to clarify what I said earlier, is to make sure the fans and the audience that we're trying to reach feel they are getting something they understand and feel that it is a good value for their money — and feel that there is a way they actually want to engage in the experience, both in how they play it and how they pay for it. That's our high-level goal."
Muzyka did NOT talk about monthly fee and micro-transactions, but a word "twists" without any explanation instead.
Of cause players must pay for Star Wars: the Old Republic. But the point is who pick up the tab, all by yourselves or other devotees?