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Star Wars: TOR Free to Play Weekend Starts Thursday

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Star Wars: The Old Republic will be free to play this weekend, starting early Thursday morning.

BioWare and EA are offering a free weekend pass to PC gamers who aren't already sucked into Star Wars: The Old Republic. The "Weekend Pass Free Trial" begins Thursday, March 15 at 12:01am CDT (1:01am EDT) and ends Monday, March 19 at 2:00am CDT (3:00am EDT). The trial is available only to players in territories where Star Wars: The Old Republic is available, and to those who have never had an active SW:TOR account.

BioWare warns that the PC game can take several hours or more to download and install -- this is probably why the "weekend" starts tomorrow so that gamers can get the MMORPG up and running before the weekend really kicks in. Purchase of the game itself is not a requirement, nor will players need to enter any payment details or redeem a Game Time Code.

Gamers will be able to assume the role of any one of the eight classes, and play on their Origin World, Capital World, the Fleet, all Warzones, and in their first Flashpoint. A message box will appear if a character attempts to go outside of these areas. The character also cannot exceed level 15 (paid characters reach level 50), thus trial players will be notified via in-game notifications and chat message once they have hit the maximum level.

"A Weekend Pass Free Trial character will not be able to use general chat, trade chat, or PvP chat," reads the FAQ. "The character will only be able to use local chat, group chat, guild chat, and reply to whispers." It also adds that all server types will be available (PvE, PvP. RP-PvE and RP-PvP), and that there are no plans to immediately delete the character after the Weekend Pass Free Trial concludes.

Once BioWare and EA have you hooked into the new Star Wars MMORPG, the Standard Edition via Origin will cost $49.99 whereas the Digital Deluxe Edition, which features additional digital items, will cost $79.99. The game's website also features the $149.99 Collector's Edition (PC physical version) which is jam-packed full of goodies. A 1-month subscription costs $14.99 whereas a 3-month subscription costs $41.97 and a 6-month subscription costs $77.94.

For those unsure about taking the plunge into another Star Wars MMORPG, this is a good time to test the waters. To learn more about the weekend pass and to create an account, head here.

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    alidan , March 15, 2012 3:56 AM
    ringzeroYeah, I'm confused by this comment. You want an MMO, but without the multiplayer or online aspects?SWTOR is a super fun game. It's addicting and the voice-acting and storylines are superb. That said, after 3 months of play I've grown bored and ended my subscription. Overall it really did prove to be too much like an RPG with almost no social interaction and none of the complexity and end-game difficulty of a normal MMO. There's nothing to keep me hooked except rerolling new characters over and over again.But it's a free weekend. There's no reason to not try that out.


    his coment is this.

    he enjoyed knights of the old republic games.
    he wants a third one
    swtor is basically kotor 3
    he doesn't want to pay a monthly fee for a game that he will treat like a single player game.
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    dalauder , March 15, 2012 3:18 AM
    I don't appreciate Bioware/EA's greed on this one. Either free to start (included in first monthly fee) or no monthly fees with offline play mode (like Diablo II's offline mode). I really wanted a KOTOR 3, but I will NOT pay $15 a month for it when I don't even want online play.

    Either way--thanks for the first free crack sample this weekend EA. Next one's on me, I guess?
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    malicemizer , March 15, 2012 3:36 AM
    dalauderI don't appreciate Bioware/EA's greed on this one. Either free to start (included in first monthly fee) or no monthly fees with offline play mode (like Diablo II's offline mode). I really wanted a KOTOR 3, but I will NOT pay $15 a month for it when I don't even want online play.Either way--thanks for the first free crack sample this weekend EA. Next one's on me, I guess?

    Dang you complain a lot dude. If you don't want to play online than don't play mmorpgs.
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    erunion , March 15, 2012 3:42 AM
    Wow. Biodrones here for damage control already.
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    ringzero , March 15, 2012 3:45 AM
    dalauderI don't appreciate Bioware/EA's greed on this one. Either free to start (included in first monthly fee) or no monthly fees with offline play mode (like Diablo II's offline mode). I really wanted a KOTOR 3, but I will NOT pay $15 a month for it when I don't even want online play.Either way--thanks for the first free crack sample this weekend EA. Next one's on me, I guess?


    Yeah, I'm confused by this comment. You want an MMO, but without the multiplayer or online aspects?

    SWTOR is a super fun game. It's addicting and the voice-acting and storylines are superb. That said, after 3 months of play I've grown bored and ended my subscription. Overall it really did prove to be too much like an RPG with almost no social interaction and none of the complexity and end-game difficulty of a normal MMO. There's nothing to keep me hooked except rerolling new characters over and over again.

    But it's a free weekend. There's no reason to not try that out.
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    alidan , March 15, 2012 3:56 AM
    ringzeroYeah, I'm confused by this comment. You want an MMO, but without the multiplayer or online aspects?SWTOR is a super fun game. It's addicting and the voice-acting and storylines are superb. That said, after 3 months of play I've grown bored and ended my subscription. Overall it really did prove to be too much like an RPG with almost no social interaction and none of the complexity and end-game difficulty of a normal MMO. There's nothing to keep me hooked except rerolling new characters over and over again.But it's a free weekend. There's no reason to not try that out.


    his coment is this.

    he enjoyed knights of the old republic games.
    he wants a third one
    swtor is basically kotor 3
    he doesn't want to pay a monthly fee for a game that he will treat like a single player game.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2012 4:08 AM
    Aaaaand the trial is closed. WTF?
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    malicemizer , March 15, 2012 4:17 AM
    Ya I waited till the minute to refresh the page to try out swtor. Instantly says, "Star Wars: The Old Republic Weekend Pass Free Trial is no longer available." Awesome customer service or should I say a slap in the face to new customers. I was excited but now im annoyed, is this something ea does a lot?
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    malicemizer , March 15, 2012 4:18 AM
    MaximumdriveAaaaand the trial is closed. WTF?

    I know how you feel. Maybe this was a gimmick to get people excited to play then there like, "UHM ACTUALLY PAY THE 50 BUCKS IF YOU WANT TO PLAY". lawl.
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    Gamer-girl , March 15, 2012 4:39 AM
    The free weekend just started about 30 mins ago. The server is probably overloaded. I just got a friend invite for a 7 day trial was downloading at around 1MB/s when it suddenly slowed down to ~250KB/s at the last 150MB >.<

    It was has downloaded 2GB (video files) and 11GB (main assets 1) so far if anyone wants to know. I missed a 4.7GB English file too, there are also a few smaller ones. Total is 18.5GB
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    malicemizer , March 15, 2012 4:53 AM
    Gamer-girlThe free weekend just started about 30 mins ago. The server is probably overloaded. I just got a friend invite for a 7 day trial was downloading at around 1MB/s when it suddenly slowed down to ~250KB/s at the last 150MB >.<It was has downloaded 2GB (video files) and 11GB (main assets 1) so far if anyone wants to know.

    Ya works for me now, prolly going to be a long download but im going to get up extra early so I can play before my classes.
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    dalauder , March 15, 2012 5:44 AM
    malicemizerDang you complain a lot dude. If you don't want to play online than don't play mmorpgs.
    I don't play MMORPG's. That's why I want offline KOTOR 3 (like KOTOR 1 & 2) like Diablo II could be played offline. As alidan said, I never wanted SWTOR, but it's the closest I'm gonna get to KOTOR 3.

    But I do think asking $50 when you expect people to pay $15 monthly is kind of greedy. The game should come free if you commit to something like 3 months sign-up.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2012 6:53 AM
    dalauderI don't play MMORPG's. That's why I want offline KOTOR 3 (like KOTOR 1 & 2) like Diablo II could be played offline. As alidan said, I never wanted SWTOR, but it's the closest I'm gonna get to KOTOR 3.But I do think asking $50 when you expect people to pay $15 monthly is kind of greedy. The game should come free if you commit to something like 3 months sign-up.

    I agree with you completely. KOTOR will always be my favourite RPG, had a better story than all the Star Wars prequels combined. I loved having dual lightsabers and pressing x (i think) and having them spin around. KOTOR 2 has ok,buggy as hell and felt like a step back and more like the prequel, and the story was disappointing.
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    officeguy , March 15, 2012 9:21 AM
    I love Star Wars, but I won't let them suck me into paying 15$ a month when the free weekend ends. I will wait till it is free to play like EQII.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2012 9:24 AM
    officeguyI love Star Wars, but I won't let them suck me into paying 15$ a month when the free weekend ends. I will wait till it is free to play like EQII.


    Good luck with that it won't be "FTP" until they have milked every last penny from it.
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    punnar , March 15, 2012 10:10 AM
    They can charge $50 for the game and $15.00/per month for subscription because they can; and they will keep doing that as long as they are making money from it. I don't mind paying because I know I will have fun playing the game. I paid the same amount playing WOW for years untill it became boring to me then I canceled my subscription.

    Can't blame people for making money off something they spent money on to develop. In the end though, it's all about money. Would you work for free?
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    stingstang , March 15, 2012 10:23 AM
    Just sounds like the ramblings of a lot of children in this comments section. Children who think nothing is fair, and there is no justice in the world. Oh, aren't we all the innocent and just ones?
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    Houndsteeth , March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
    I would rather play a subscription-based MMORPG than any F2P (or, rather, pay-to-win) model out there. At least I know up front what I am paying for my entertainment value, rather than being nickle-and-dimed for every little piece of content. On top of that, as it is a fixed price, I can fit it into my entertainment budget and not even think twice.

    If you can complain about the subscription, then guess what? Go get a real job and start earning some money. $15 a month is nothing to pony up for 6-8 hours of entertainment each week, and I know a lot of people play much more than that.
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    itguy_nyc , March 15, 2012 11:52 AM
    I agree. 15 bucks a month is the standard subscription price for these types of games for the past 10 years.

    Give it a try. The game is fun and I think the trial weekend will get some people to buy the game. Go Bounty HUnter all the way :) 
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    d_kuhn , March 15, 2012 12:26 PM
    For the 50 beans you get the first month... so if you play hard you could complete the entire quest line for a character in that time and then cancel your subscription giving you the equivelant of most sp games.

    I played WoW for a few months a while back and got bored pretty quickly... I realized that I'm not really an mmo gamer, I like the SP rich story experience of games like Skyrim. The social aspects of WoW didn't appeal to me, and the story is basically useless and unconnected with gameplay. SWTOR is different, it's got class storylines that are pretty decent... not SP depth, but a LOT more depth than other MMO's. I play pretty regularly and it took me more than a month to comlete the Sith Marauder quest line and get to endgame content (and there are 8 classes). You could go through the entire game to L50 content with NO social interaction... just doing everything solo... and have a good time doing it.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2012 12:48 PM
    This is a terrible game...absolutely horrid on so many levels. This coming from a guy that play swg for like 6 years.
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