BioWare extends Star Wars: The Old Republic free trial

BioWare has extended its free trial feature for its Star Wars MMO by allowing existing players to invite up to 25 friends to play for a seven day period.

BioWare has extended its free trial feature for its Star Wars MMO by allowing existing players to invite up to 25 friends to play for a seven day period.

 
Star Wars: The Old Republic is not even four months old and it is already approaching two million paying subscribers, making it the fastest growing MMO in North America and forcing even World of Warcraft maker Blizzard to acknowledge its success.
 
However, Bioware is not resting on its laurels. It is hoping to entice new players through existing subscribers by offering a seven-day trial, which lets people get a taste of the game on any of the four Origin Worlds. This should get players to at least level 10 of the 50 level cap, with no restrictions on class choices.
 
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The company previously allowed gamers to invite three of their friends, but some players complained that this was not enough for the many people they wanted to get interested in the game. These three invites are counted towards the 25 invite limit, so those who have already used them will have 22 invites left to send. Friends must accept the invitation within 14 days or it will expire.
 
However, one of the things that this friends trial programme lacks is an incentive for players to recruit people. While obviously family and friends will like to play together, many people will not be inclined to send out any invites at all. Some kind of bonus, such as an experience boost or in-game item, is something that BioWare will likely consider in future, but with the game still fairly new it probably does not need to worry about incentives right now.
 
The company is planning to launch a major game update soon, likely early next week, which will include a new Operation, Flashpoint, and Warzone, in addition to the Legacy system, which offers bonuses for playing multiple characters, UI customisation, guild banks, and several other changes. BioWare is promising plenty more content updates over the coming months and years.