Executive producer Jeff Hickman explains BioWare’s MMORPG is “incredibly healthy” thanks to free-to-play.
BioWare’s Jeff Hickman has dubbed Star Wars: The Old Republic’s transition from subscription-only to free-to-play a success, explaining that the MMORPG is now in an “incredibly healthy” state with servers “rocking” with activity.
The latest open letter to the community penned by SWTOR’s executive producer stops short of mentioning actual numbers, but his tone is noticeably upbeat.
“As you can probably imagine, the launch of the Free-to-Play option with our new Cartel Market has been an amazing event for our game. The game is incredibly healthy with an ever increasing number of players who are actively playing (the servers are rocking!). Having said that, we know we haven’t gotten everything perfect, and we are still working hard to make The Old Republic everything you guys desire. More than anything we wanted to get folks back in and playing the game, and bring back the excitement and camaraderie – we feel like we’ve made great strides over the last 6 months towards these goals. All signs point to a very bright future for our game,” Jeff states, we imagine with a confident Han Solo-esque glint in his eye.
Further along in the address Hickman states that new Operations, Flashpoints, difficulty modes, PvP modes will be heading to the game in the near future to keep level 50 characters occupied, along with the forthcoming release of the digital expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel. Other revelations include an update on same gender romance and the ability to copy characters from regular servers to the PTS (Public Test Server); both of which are currently being worked on.
To read more about SWTOR’s forthcoming new features check out the game’s first community address of 2013 here.
We have a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to be a very good year…
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