As rocket cars and soccer leave the Steam ecosystem, an epic space adventure joins Valve’s platform. That’s right, BioWare’s MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has now launched on Steam. First released in 2011, it was limited to EA’s Origin platform as part of the publishers attempt to muscle-in on the digital marketplace. That stance has since softened though, with more EA titles making the shift to Steam.
Just like most BioWare games, Star Wars: The Old Republic had plenty of hype surrounding it. At that time, it was well deserved considering the pedigree of the studio behind it. It was unheard of for an MMORPG to feature full voice-acting. Plus, it had a narrative that reacted to your choices, along with social elements that took place on gigantic worlds. It had the BioWare stamp all over it, and most fans loved the storytelling more than anything.
A galaxy not that far away
Things have changed over the years, including Star Wars: The Old Republic moving from paid subscriptions to being free-to-play. On Steam, the game remains free-to-play. However, you can gain access to more content if you fork out the cash. A $15.00 USD monthly subscription will grant you a level cap increase, immediate access to all Star Wars: The Old Republic expansions, including Onslaught, Knights of the Eternal Throne, and Knights of the Fallen Empire, unlimited access to Warzones, Flashpoints, Uprisings, and Operations, and a bunch of other goodies. That is all optional of course, and the base game has plenty of content available already.
The Steam launch also introduces three different cosmetic bundles. The first two are the Jedi and Sith costume packs. Both come in more expensive, deluxe editions as well. The third, a Galactic Leisure Bundle, grants players a Vulptilla pup pet, a Rancor Holo-Replica toy, and the Dejarik emote. Just one thing to note.
Although you can access everything through Steam, an external client is still required for Star Wars: The Old Republic to run.