The exact limits imposed on players who opt for the free-to-play version of the MMO have been revealed
Bioware has detailed the exact limitations that players who opt for the free-to-play version of Star Wars: The Old Republic will face.Until recently not much was known about what the free-to-play option would offer, but an updated page over at swtor.com has now made this clear.
While those who opt out of subscribing will get all the game's story content for free, as a rough rule you'll basically be able to do most things three times per week; three PvE Flashpoint runs, three PvP Warzone battles and three Space Missions each week. You'll be able to buy Weekly Passes for each though in order to get unlimited access. There will be restrictions on both Cargo Bay and Inventory storage which can be removed using the new Cartel Coins currency.
There's no right to run Operations under the free package, so you'll need to buy a Weekly Pass if you want to get your hands on the best loot. Having said that, according to the chart you'll be unable to equip "most purple items unless a license is purchased", so it may not appeal that much to you anyway.
Most of the other restrictions are essentially matters of convenience; those who sub will get priority on login queues, a shorter Quick Travel cooldown and the ability to use the Emergency Fleet Pass to instantly return to their faction's space station. You'll also only get one Crew Skill slot with the free-to-play version of the game, and get a limited number of Field Revivals to use when you die in the middle of nowhere.
The free-to-play version of Star Wars: The Old Republic was announced back in July in response to continually falling subscription numbers. No fixed date has been given for when the free-to-play option will become available. It's still listed as "later this fall", but the game's current sub model will continue to be offered for players who want unlimited access to all the title's content.