The Old Republic Offers Free Weekend

The Old Republic Offers Free Weekend

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All would-be Jedi Knights and Sith Lords will have three days to see if it's worth their money to travel to a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: The Old Republic may be one of the most successful MMOs on the market, but that's no reason for it to rest on its laurels. Like the relentless Galactic Empire engulfing everything in its path, EA and BioWare want more players to see what all the lightsaber-swinging, laser-shooting, dialogue-choosing fuss is about and hopefully subscribe to the game in the process. With that in mind, BioWare is offering prospective players a chance to play The Old Republic - with a few restrictions - for free from March 15 through March 19.

The opportunity to play The Old Republic without giving up your hard-earned credits comes with a few caveats. The weekend trial lasts only from midnight CST on March 15 to 2 AM CST on March 19 (which is still roughly three days - a pretty generous weekend). Trial characters may only advance to level 15, and access a limited number of worlds (and other interstellar locations). They will also be subject to limited functionality for chat, mail, trade, and party member skills. However, there do not appear to be restrictions on choosing a server type or creating more than one character, nor does BioWare have any plans to delete characters after March 19. Players who enjoy their time enough to commit to a subscription will find their trial characters ready and waiting for them.

Dropping $60 plus a monthly subscription fee on a game sight unseen can be a tough proposition, but The Old Republic's trial weekend may alleviate some of that uncertainty. Granted, downloading a multi-gigabyte game via crowded servers will take significant time and bandwidth, but if you have those to spare, this could be your best chance to check out The Old Republic until the next weekend pass comes around. Interested parties should check out the offer. If the game isn't to your liking, well, you can always take it out on the younglings.

Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic Official Site

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It starts, Im calling it now, It will go F2P within a year.

I kinda wish all MMOs would just pull a Guild Wars and charge for the game itself and not subscriptions...

That is a future that I look forward to...

I doubt i'll try TOR. By the time it finishes downloading, the free weekend will be over...

So does this game have endgame content that people will go back to yet? Every person I've heard who beat their character's story quit then because they said they had nothing to do. Though that was always going to be a flaw since it was supposed to be story based and stories are supposed to end while MMOs are supposed to go on for as long as possible. Guild Wars got around this from it's instanced form by having hard mode versions of areas and missions along with being designed around pvp. Can't comment on WoW since I quit way before I got to the endgame.

Brad Shepard:
It starts, Im calling it now, It will go F2P within a year.

I would bet that as well but that's only if EA realizes they messed up here rather than being incompetent like usually.

Yeah, you know there really is no point to doing multiple characters, pretty much 1 republic and 1 empire, doing more than 1 is hard because it gets very boring doing the same quests over again. But then again I did not particularly care very much for the game, which I bought this laptop I'm on for, sigh...

80Maxwell08:
So does this game have endgame content that people will go back to yet? Every person I've heard who beat their character's story quit then because they said they had nothing to do. Though that was always going to be a flaw since it was supposed to be story based and stories are supposed to end while MMOs are supposed to go on for as long as possible. Guild Wars got around this from it's instanced form by having hard mode versions of areas and missions along with being designed around pvp. Can't comment on WoW since I quit way before I got to the endgame.

Brad Shepard:
It starts, Im calling it now, It will go F2P within a year.

I would bet that as well but that's only if EA realizes they messed up here rather than being incompetent like usually.

And in guild wars, you get to kill a god :)

Couple of caveats. This is a massive mistake if this occurs before the 1.2 release because basically everything in the 1.2 release is what should have been present in the final build of the game such as custom UI, Color customization, filling in lagging content spots like warzones, etc.

To give a free weekend before that is present is going to give potential new players the wrong ideas about the game being incomplete and smacking unnecessarily of desperation.

A free weekend is sort of a mistake too really, considering that if your determined enough, you can go from 1-50 and in essence see the bulk of the core content of the game in a weekend. Granted you would have to be logged in from the second the free access is available and play nonstop until its over, but with a friend guiding you it can be done. Its certainly not easy but I know I have speed ran a toon from 1-50 in 3 full days time. so it CAN be done.

Also, being this close to release it gives the false impression that the game is in trouble, much as has already been illustrated in this thread with calls of F2P incoming

It is a shame really because the story elements have set a new bar of expectation for MMOs which is good, however by mimicking WoW so much on gameplay mechanics the game has contracted a lot of the same problems WoW has like being incredibly friggen boring outside of the story mechanics.

However I get why they are doing it, they are worried about the up and down decline of server population that is caused directly from the instant gratification and overly accessible gameplay style lifted from WoW. The game is too easy and because of it players have blown through the content and there is no logical reason to hang around once youve seen/done what you wanted to do. That is another thing that should have been put into place before a free weekend, actual long term challenges to keep players interested. Without it, any attempt to woo new players will fall flat as they go through a revolving door model of player retention. If that is not addressed then the game long term WILL fail.

MrBrightside919:
I kinda wish all MMOs would just pull a Guild Wars and charge for the game itself and not subscriptions...

That is a future that I look forward to...

I doubt i'll try TOR. By the time it finishes downloading, the free weekend will be over...

It's a 4 day pass, so that's not really an argument if you're happy with a weekend. You can also get a 7 day trial if you know someone who plays it.

And honestly, I'm fine with a subscription model, but it needs to offer something worth the subscription - namely, (really) regularly updated, worthwhile content.

On the topic of TOR, it's a good game, worth most people's 60$ and a month or few's subscription. Leveling's great, especially with a friend, there's a bit of fun at endgame too. My issue with it is that it's linear as fuck and really cordoned off, which coupled with the fact the game's split into 17 planets to begin with (several of which aren't available to you, depending on what side you're on) makes for a horribly cramped experience, especially at the end game where there is no reason to ever step off the Republic/Imperial Fleet unless you're going to Illum for PvP/dailies or Belsavis for dailies.

I'm sad to not be able to just go fiddling around the world, exploring it due to how linear of an experience it is thanks to world designers utilizing everything from steep terrain, across mountains, "fall to your death if you step off the railways" Coruscant streets and in some cases, blatant "turn back or your health starts degrading until you die" invisible walls set between two areas on the same planet (you need to take a taxi, despite there being nothing to really stop you from moving there on your own other than the exhaustion/fatigue)

Biggest "holy shit" moment for me yet was after leveling an Inquisitor to 50 and starting a Jedi Knight, reaching Taris and realising "wait a minute, this is the EXACT SAME PLANET, except it's different for the Sith". They took the same planet, rearranged/changed the mobs and stuck two sides on two "different" planets of the same name.

Vrach:

MrBrightside919:
I kinda wish all MMOs would just pull a Guild Wars and charge for the game itself and not subscriptions...

That is a future that I look forward to...

I doubt i'll try TOR. By the time it finishes downloading, the free weekend will be over...

It's a 4 day pass, so that's not really an argument if you're happy with a weekend. You can also get a 7 day trial if you know someone who plays it.

And honestly, I'm fine with a subscription model, but it needs to offer something worth the subscription - namely, (really) regularly updated, worthwhile content.

On the topic of TOR, it's a good game, worth most people's 60$ and a month or few's subscription. Leveling's great, especially with a friend, there's a bit of fun at endgame too. My issue with it is that it's linear as fuck and really cordoned off, which coupled with the fact the game's split into 17 planets to begin with (several of which aren't available to you, depending on what side you're on) makes for a horribly cramped experience, especially at the end game where there is no reason to ever step off the Republic/Imperial Fleet unless you're going to Illum for PvP/dailies or Belsavis for dailies.

I'm sad to not be able to just go fiddling around the world, exploring it due to how linear of an experience it is thanks to world designers utilizing everything from steep terrain, across mountains, "fall to your death if you step off the railways" Coruscant streets and in some cases, blatant "turn back or your health starts degrading until you die" invisible walls set between two areas on the same planet (you need to take a taxi, despite there being nothing to really stop you from moving there on your own other than the exhaustion/fatigue)

Biggest "holy shit" moment for me yet was after leveling an Inquisitor to 50 and starting a Jedi Knight, reaching Taris and realising "wait a minute, this is the EXACT SAME PLANET, except it's different for the Sith". They took the same planet, rearranged/changed the mobs and stuck two sides on two "different" planets of the same name.

My Old Republic is a little fuzzy, but didn't Taris get blown up in KOTOR?

MrBrightside919:

My Old Republic is a little fuzzy, but didn't Taris get blown up in KOTOR?

The planet itself is still there. You land in a resettlement zone.

Kyrinn:

MrBrightside919:

My Old Republic is a little fuzzy, but didn't Taris get blown up in KOTOR?

The planet itself is still there. You land in a resettlement zone.

Um Makek ordered his entire fleet to wipe the planet from the universe didn't he? They seriously didn't stick to the canon that THEY wrote?

So... EA will be giving away a free trial for 3 days... you know?, I don't have this game and I don't plan to play it, but still, I feel like I'm being ripped off.

WoW and Rift both offer "unlimited trials" up to level 20 and with as many characters as you can concieve in every single server. And EA's giving it away for 3 days to reach level 15. Nice move.

80Maxwell08:

Kyrinn:

MrBrightside919:

My Old Republic is a little fuzzy, but didn't Taris get blown up in KOTOR?

The planet itself is still there. You land in a resettlement zone.

Um Makek ordered his entire fleet to wipe the planet from the universe didn't he? They seriously didn't stick to the canon that THEY wrote?

Taris is still a wreck. The Republic is starting to rebuild Taris. It is still in the early stages though.

Eh, I got a free copy of the game at work. But I haven't downloaded/installed it yet because I don't feel like paying a monthly subscription for a game I've only been mildly interested on. Plus, my netbook would probably explode.

But...this seems like a good opportunity to see what the bug fuss is all about. I wonder if I'm able to re-download it onto another computer once I buy a desktop...

For free? Perhaps. But I even smell Origin and I'm outa there.

It's an okay game and I do actually encourage folks to try it out if you enjoy Star Wars at all. For what flaws the games have in late game(and I assure you the flaws it has are many, numerous and fairly unforgivable in some cases) the early game/leveling is a fun time and good time.

The universe feel's right, it all sounds right and the 1-15 is generally enough to get Yer starting planet/capital planet completed. So if nothing else you can see how they did places like Hutta, Ord Mantell, Imperial Center(errr Coruscant) and the like.

If you got the bandwidth and the time try it out. Hell if you like it, go ahead get a month and enjoy yourself leveling up. Maybe by then they'll have things worked out.

Do realize however that only Ord Mantell is mostly voiced by Winnie the Pooh and not all planets are like that.

This will be like the beta test weekend i was on it. Had to sleep for 24 straight hours after going on a binge of the game and trying to have a normal weekend.
*looks on the website*
Hold everything
"There is a limit of one free trial per account. Weekend Pass Free Trial accounts cannot participate in any other free trial program."
"The trial is open to new accounts only."
That's ridiculous, and i won't do it. Sorry.

The_root_of_all_evil:
For free? Perhaps. But I even smell Origin and I'm outa there.

Based off the faq, it looks like you still need origin to play. So that is a pass for me.

The_root_of_all_evil:
For free? Perhaps. But I even smell Origin and I'm outa there.

I don't have to use Origin to play SW:TOR.

And no captcha, that's not a 'fairy tale'.

Oh, the game IS in trouble for sure.
Saying that it's one of the fastest growing MMOs of all time is all well and good, but I have a feeling that sentiment is based on the number of copies sold.

True, there has been a buttload of copies sold, as the servers were filled to the brim for the first month since launch.
Now, however, the server statistics paint an entirely different picture.
Basically, every planet apart from Ilum and the Fleet (not really a planet, but meh) is a ghost town. From what I can see on the uptime page, all the european servers rarely go beyond "light" population load anymore. Hopefully 1.2 will bring some people back, but from where I'm standing it's going to take much more than that to save this sinking ship.

Usaully i'd expect it to go free to play but as someone here said, this is EA who will probably see the word "free" and bury their head in the sand while screaming "No!".

I still expect it will eventully go F2P though so im going to wait untill it does then I may try it if it can even run on my computer.

If i didnt need origin i might have thought about it.

I just renewed my WoW subscription, i would rather play that tbh.

Thats not a good sign kids... If you watch ANY MMO you will see when FREE WEEKEND! it usually means youre taking on a large amount of water....

I played to 50 with a friend...didnt spacebar thru my storyline as Sith Warrior but Christ in the Golden Halls of the Allah himself are all the morale choices shitty...and being leveled capped is boring since the worlds are merely just really larges instances and have little to NO freedom.

Did ya hear WoW is offering a free 80 and a 7 day + free Cata....just saying...if ya know...feel like wasting your time...Also RIFT Lite is pretty neat w/ 1-20 for free.

Brad Shepard:
It starts, Im calling it now, It will go F2P within a year.

DeMorquist:
Thats not a good sign kids... If you watch ANY MMO you will see when FREE WEEKEND! it usually means youre taking on a large amount of water....

Free trials are a standard mechanism to draw subscribers in. I've had them to Eve Online and WoW, neither of which have gone Free to Play. What they do have is engaging gameplay and a fanatical fanbase.

And City of Heroes has only recently gone F2P even though they've been going crazy with the free trials for years (and quite possibly only because all other NCSoft MMO's are F2P).

An important point to note is that Eve and CoH came out before WoW became the defining force in MMO's.

Now Old Republic (TOR is a publisher) is in a different situation. I haven't played it so I can't say anything about the gameplay but it seems to me that while there is a potential fanatical fanbase in Star Wars fans, they are not guaranteed, as witnessed by Star Trek Online and LOTRO going F2P.

I don't quite understand LOTRO going F2P myself. I don't play MMO's any more but was my favourite MMO - as grindy as WoW but superior most other respects, IMHO, and it seemed to have a good community on the US servers. Perhaps they expected too much, these days it seems every MMO is a failure if it doesn't kill WoW.

And that's what will cause Old Republic to go F2P, not the quality of the game, but not achieving the ridiculous goals EA has set for it.

halobolola:
If i didnt need origin i might have thought about it.

I just renewed my WoW subscription, i would rather play that tbh.

You don't need Origin. At least not for the client, as far as I'm aware.

Anyway, count me as someone who never really warmed to the MMO format earlier, but is actually quite enjoying the game so far. The emphasis on story content over grind (although there is some of the latter to be had if you so wish) is what keeps my interest up.
- That and the kick-ass space combat missions.

Although I only started playing recently, and although the class stories at a first glance seem kinda hit and miss in terms of quality, the Imperial Agent and Sith Inquisitor stories are actually kinda fantastic. Especially the latter allows you to shape your character into one of the most rewardingly ambiguous ones I've seen in a game.

MrBrightside919:
My Old Republic is a little fuzzy, but didn't Taris get blown up in KOTOR?

Nope, just bombarded, this isn't Alderaan. Pretty much everything was destroyed and everyone killed, in TOR, the Republic is leading a recolonization effort to rebuild Taris as a sort of symbol of Republic perseverance, while the Empire is obviously sabotaging the effort to prove otherwise.

Hmmm, I may give this a go over the weekend. Even if I do have to install origin I can always uninstall afterwards.

Vrach:

MrBrightside919:
My Old Republic is a little fuzzy, but didn't Taris get blown up in KOTOR?

Nope, just bombarded, this isn't Alderaan. Pretty much everything was destroyed and everyone killed, in TOR, the Republic is leading a recolonization effort to rebuild Taris as a sort of symbol of Republic perseverance, while the Empire is obviously sabotaging the effort to prove otherwise.

Ah gotcha...

Wow, took all day to download and get setup with the game.

After watching two movies I got to play.

Go talk to this guy. Along the way, kill X number of monsters. Three battles later and I logged off.

It's WoW in Space.

 

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