BioWare's Jeff Hickman reaches out to the community for f2p feedback
It's possible you're familiar with a little game called Star Wars: The Old Republic, and how that game recently transitioned to a free-to-play business model. If you weren't before, you are now. And now that we're all on the same page, BioWare wants to hear from us.
In a blog post yesterday, Executive Producer Jeff Hickman took a minute to look at the past, present and future of the free-to-play transition for the game. Throughout the piece, Hickman stresses how important player feedback is to them, and cites several examples on how it has directly resulted in changes to the game:
"When Game Update 1.5 hit Public Test Server (PTS), we listened to your concerns and we increased Quickbars from one to two for Free-to-Play Players, increased Warzones from three to five per week, and reduced the temporary bind on Cartel Market items."
He also detailed a few specific changes to free-to-play going forward:
- Preferred Status players will have access to 4 quickbars (up from 2.)
- Preferred Status players will be given 4 additional character slots (giving them 6 total.)
- The 50 character limit for Subscribers is going away, and the cap will be "increased substantially."
If there's one thing I want to do in any MMO, it's to have 51 max level characters.
Recently, our very own Gazimoff had a go at SW:TOR's free-to-play transition, which you can check out right here. Well worth the click.
Hickman wants players to know that "this is an ongoing dialogue," so make sure to send your feedback. As they say, if you didn't vote, you're not allowed complain about the election results.