There are a lot of factors that keep me from playing MMO's , but it's mostly that I won't have the time to devote to it so I can keep up with everyone else playing the game and I'll let them down. The other factor is cost, because I don't want to pay a monthly fee for a game I'm probably not going to get my money's worth from (I downloaded DCU Online to my PS3 when it went free-to-play, and still haven't even opened it yet).
But if the subscription fee was keeping you from playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, well, BioWare would like you to know that you're going to have to come up with another excuse. Because this fall, the MMO is adding a free-to-play option that will let you play the eight iconic Star Wars character classes up to level 50 (with certain restrictions, naturally).
"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," said Matthew Bromberg, GM of BioWare Austin.
As a first step, SWTOR will go on sale in August for $14.99, including one month of free subscription. Personally, I think all MMOs should have a free-to-play option. It's like a game demo. But being an MMO, there's the whole community aspect to take into consideration. So playing for free for a while helps you decide whether or not the game is really suited to you, and then you can go ahead and subscribe if you really need to unlock those extra features or level up even more!