BioWare increases Preferred Player perks in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Published on December 5th, 2012

If you’re a former subscriber or have bought some item with real cash, more bonuses are heading your way.

Transitioning an MMORPG from subscription-only to free-to-play isn’t a cake walk. Striking a balance between offering good items while ensuring free players don’t feel taken advantage of is a very tricky feat, and with Star Wars: The Old Republic it’s clear BioWare are still learning.

BioWare increases Preferred Player perks in Star Wars: The Old Republic

BioWare are still learning, but the appeal of SWTOR is clear to see.

A new developer post on the game’s official blog has confirmed that Preferred Status players, those who either used to be subscribers or who have purchased an item via the Cartel Coin store, will be getting a new benefits to help ease themselves into the game.

In a forthcoming update Preferred Status Players will be granted four additional character slots, bringing the total up to six, and the default skill quickbars will be increased from two to four. These changes may seem small, but they’re indicative of BioWare directly addressing feedback since their debut MMORPG went free-to-play last month.

“Your feedback is critical to the success of TOR, and of special interest to us. Please, keep posting on the forums, Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit,” stated the post written by executive producer, Jeff Hickman.

“Even if we can’t respond to every post, know that we’re listening and looking to enhance The Old Republic gameplay experience based on player feedback.”

Additionally Hickman also announced that the 50 character limit on global active characters for subscribers will be removed in a future update. Why anybody would need that many alts is beyond us, but there must be a reason why BioWare think that particular limit needs addressing.

What is abundantly clear is that both existing players and BioWare want to make the changes necessary in order to make Star Wars: The Old Republic a tenable MMO in the long run, improvements like these should help that long term goal become a reality.

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