EA and BioWare announced today that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be getting a free-to-play option later this year
. Players using the F2P option will be able to reach the level cap and play through the full class stories, but their access will be limited
for other parts of the game; they will only be able to play a certain number of Warzones (their PvP battlegrounds), Flashpoints (their instanced dungeons), and space missions each week. Access to travel functionality and the game's auction house will be limited as well. F2P players won't be able to participate in Operations, the end-game raids. Subscribers will retain access
to all of these features. There will also be cosmetic items sold through the 'Cartel Market' using a virtual currency.