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The Old Republic free to play launching next week, new details and preview video inside

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Star Wars: The Old Republic's free to play option will be fully armed and operational by next week, launching worldwide on Thursday the 15th of November. It's arriving as part of the MMO's Update 1.5, which also includes a new area, new quests, and a new companion character - HK-51, a successor to Knights of the Old Republic's fan-favourite murderbot.

Bioware co-founder steps down as The Old Repulic studio manager

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Bioware co-founder Greg Zeschuk has stepped down as general manager of Bioware Austin, according to a GamersGlobal report spotted by Eurogamer. He'll be replaced by former Major League Gaming CEO Matt Bromberg. A statement from EA explains that "Greg is still with EA. He's now back in Canada, taking time off and thinking about new projects."

Star Wars: The Old Republic lead designer: "we are looking at free-to -play"

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Star Wars: The Old Republic lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi has spoken to GamesTM about the level of competition in the MMO market. He mentions that the quality of the competition is more important than the free-to-play pricing model, but suggests that Bioware are willing to consider other pricing options.

Update: GamesTM's story is no longer online, but EA boss Frank Gibeau told that "ultimately some day we can move in and embrace that model. It's all a matter of timing and thinking things through."

Original story follows.