Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free-to-play this fall, though we still don't know exactly when. No date yet, but EA and BioWare have revealed the restrictions F2P players will face, and they're pretty harsh.
For one thing, free players won't be able to participate in Operations, the Old Republic equivalent of raids. You also wouldn't be given the Emegency Fleet Pass, and will be limited to a small number of Space Missions, dungeons, and PVP runs per week. While out and about, free players will only be able to revive five times in the field.
Here's a quick rundown of some other F2P restrictions:
- Limited character creation options
- Restricted to three Warzones, three Flashpoints, and three Space Missions a week
- Unable to take part in Operations
- Unable able to equip purple artifact-quality items
- Not get priority space in server log-in queues
- Longer cooldown for Quick Travel
- No access to Emergency Fleet Pass
The full list -- and it's extensive -- can be found on the official site. Hover over the question marks to see the details. But hey, at least you'll be able to play through the stories for free, right? Not an entirely bad deal, assuming those gameplay limitations don't drive you up the wall.