Oh dear. It would seem that Bioware’s Star Wars MMO has been a bit of a disaster in terms of getting players in then hooked as subscriptions drop below 1 million users.

Of course it’s good news for anyone wishing to sample SWOTR for free although there will be some restrictions, namely levels being capped at 50. There will also be limitations on future bonuses and goodies unless players stump up actually cash in the form of miscrotransactions.

BioWare GM Matthew Bromberg said that this is the next logical step for the game: “Players want flexibility and choice. The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republic universe.”

Matthew might attempt to put a positive spin on this, but I’m afraid to say that a F2P model is the next logical step simply because it’s the only choice they have left. It’s either that or the whole thing will die a death and find its place in the MMO graveyard.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Bioware should have just developed Knights of the Old Republic 3, perhaps with 4-player co-op.