Star Wars: The Old Republic announces play for free weekend


Everyone who has been waiting for an excuse to try out Star Wars: The Old Republic, your moment has arrived.  Bioware announced today that they will be holding a free play weekend starting this Thursday, March 15, and running through the early morning of Monday, March 19.  As with all such events, there are a few things you should know before jumping into the fray.  Read on for the details, and a look at some sexy Twi’lek cantina dancers.

OK, I was just kidding about the sexy Twi’lek dancers.  Sorry.  Now, onto those details I mentioned earlier.  First, the good news.  You won’t have to pay or sign up for a subscription, and after the free weekend is over, your account will be maintained in an inactive status.  So if you make a particularly good looking smuggler, one with a withering smolder stare, you won’t have to give him up at the end of the weekend. 

Now for the not-so-good news.  During the free weekend, you won’t be able to advance past level 15, and your crew skills will not pass 40.  You will be restricted to playing on your character’s origin world, captial world, fleet, warzones, and your first flashpoint.  As far as communicating with other players, you will not be able to take part in general chat, trade chat, or PvP chat. You will also not be able to reeceive or send mail with other trial players.  The Galactic Trade Network will be locked out, and you will not be able to trade with other players. 

Restrictions aside, this is a great oppurtunity for those of us (myself included) who have sat on the sidelines while our friends talked endlessly about all the fun they’re having in The Old Repiblic.  The free play weekend will be opening up just past midnight this Thursday.  Keep an eye on this page for the official launch.

And since you asked so nicely, here are those Twi’lek dancers.

About the Author: (@Joe_of_the_Dead) Lead Editor, Writer

Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.

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