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Star Wars: The Old Republic patch 1.7.2 dramatically improves free-to-play quality of life

This is extremely good news. You remember the reduced experience rate free-to-play SWTOR players know and suffer? Well, it’s still there. But it’s become much more palatable in the latest update.

Before Tuesday, all non-subscribers were slapped with a 25% reduced XP rate at the moment they hit level 10. The rate could only be countered with temporary XP boosters, purchased from the Cartel Store.

Since Tuesday, free-to-play and Preferred players have had an extra two levels’ grace period, until level 12. From there, XP reduction will gradually increase until it reaches the original flat rate of 25% at level 20. That’s enough time for you to clear your class’ origin planet and explore a good portion of the galaxy, grind-free. From there, players will reportedly now find more experience boost items added to the end of important mission chains and some class missions.

What’s more, free-to-play and Preferred players no longer have a lower cap on the number of Commendations they can carry. Commendations are the planet- and faction-specific currencies found at quest completion or in random drops, exchangeable for gear from specialist dealers.

It’s still my firm belief that BioWare wrongly took a punitive approach to free-to-play. But since the option to play to level 50 subscription-free was introduced in November, a series of small improvements have closed the experiential gulf between the have-subs and the have-sub-nots. The Austin studio have listened to the silent space-screams, changed their approach accordingly, and the game is already vastly better for it.

A slew of other changes and fixes came with Tuesday’s patch. Most are either additions to the store, or relate to bugs found in the recent Return of the Gree update. Oh, and players who were accidentally granted incomplete Digital Deluxe or Collector’s Edition gift packages in an error this week should go here. Full patch notes follow:

Highlights

  • The first Packs of Shipment Two are now available for sale on the Cartel Market! Most items in the Regulator and Enforcer's Contraband packs are not found in the Shipment One Cartel Packs.
  • Players may now gain reputation with the Contraband Resale Corporation, a group loosely affiliated with the Hutt Cartel! Reputation Trophies for this organization are now available in new Contraband Packs, and a new vendor has been added to allow players to capitalize on this reputation.
  • Additional rewards have been added to many missions throughout the game. Players will find new Experience Boost items added to the end of important mission chains and some class missions
  • A new vehicle reward is available on the Gree Reputation Vendor - the Blue Sphere! Blue Sphere is an adaptive mount that requires Legend rank with the Gree Enclave.
  • Additional rewards have also been added to some Space Missions, including Space Experience Boosts and Weekly Access Passes (useful for Free-to-Play and Preferred Players).
  • Adjusted reductions to experience gains for Free-to-Play and Preferred players. There will no longer be a flat reduction rate applied at level 10. Instead, experience reductions will begin at level 12 and will gradually increase to the original flat rate at level 20.
  • Free-to-Play and Preferred Players no longer have a lower cap on the number of Commendations they may accrue compared to Subscribers.

Cartel Market

New Items

  • A new Contraband Pack, the Regulator's Contraband Pack, is now available on the Cartel Market. Cost: 160 Cartel Coins
  • A new Contraband Pack, the Enforcer's Contraband Pack, is now available on the Cartel Market. Cost: 320 Cartel Coins
  • Players can now purchase Hypercrates containing 24 Enforcer's Contraband Pack. (Discounted by 10% for a limited time!) Cost: 6,912 Cartel Coins

New Discounts

  • All Weekly Passes (Warzone, Flashpoint, Space Combat, Operations) are now discounted by 25%. Cost: 180 Cartel Coins
  • The Longspur Sportster is now discounted by 25%. Cost: 540 Cartel Coins
  • The Destroyer Armor Set is now discounted by 25%. Cost: 900 Cartel Coins
  • The Sand People Pillager Armor Set is now discounted by 50%. Cost: 720 Cartel Coins

Items Removed

  • Jawagram: "I Love You"
  • Jawagram: "It's a Surprise"
  • Golden Scalene Armor Set
  • All Level 43 Chestpieces
  • General
  • Permanently reduced the cost of Medical Probes to 400 Cartel Coins!
  • The description for Covert Energy Armor items now explains that they are invisible.
  • Changed the rarity level for several Cartel Market items.

Bug Fixes

  • The Covert Feet Energy Armor now has an icon.
  • The Preferred Access Bundle now has a bullet point that references the specific type of Display Title customization available.
  • Previously a bullet on the Cartel Market Storefront had the incorrect list of items included in a Cartel Market purchase. The bullet has been updated to show the correct list of items included.
  • Animations for the Carbonite Chamber will now last for itsproper duration.
  • Manka Cat pets have had their rarity and binding updated to be congruent with all other Cartel Market pets.
  • The "Flourish" emote no longer attempts to stow weapons.
  • Added missing emote icons.

Relics of the Gree Event

General

  • A new vehicle reward is available on the Gree Reputation Vendor - the Blue Sphere! Blue Sphere is an adaptive mount that requires Legend rank with the Gree Enclave. It is a reward offered to only the most dedicated bipedal data generators.
  • Using "Loot All" will no longer give incorrect "Access Denied" or "Unknown Container Result" error messages in some circumstances.
  • Quick Travel will now work as intended in event areas.
  • Added missing text to several places in the French and German versions.
  • The "Combat Specimen" mission now grants the correct title - "Combat Specimen." Players who have already completed the mission can get the title by entering the caves or Xenoanalyst's room during the event.
  • Event equipment will now display properly in the Preview Window.
  • Players who are standing on top of the Gree Energy Pylon when it becomes interactable will no longer fall through the ground.

Missions

  • Charging the Pylon: Gree Energy Orbs will now expire after 5 minutes (down from 10 minutes). Additionally, this mission now only requires players to charge the pylon twice, as opposed to four times.
  • Supplemental Research, Supplemental Catalysis: Enemies will now always drop Specimen Data Chips.
  • Advanced Analysis: Core Defense Droids will no longer display an invisible "combat" buff.
  • Data Retrieval, Data Recollection: Increased the Memory Core drop rate.

NPCS

  • Gravak'k and Surgok'k now drop one Galactic Reputation Trophy for each member of the Operations group (up to 24).
  • Players can no longer position themselves such that Gravak'k and Surgok'k do not damage them.

General

  • Adjusted reductions to experience gains for Free-to-Play and Preferred players. There will no longer be a flat reduction rate applied at level 10. Instead, experience reductions will begin at level 12 and will gradually increase to the original flat rate at level 20.
  • Free-to-Play and Preferred Players no longer have a lower cap on the number of Commendations they may accrue compared to Subscribers.

Companion Characters

HK-51

  • Using a mount, elevator, or the Legacy Rocket Boost unlock will no longer cause HK-51 to lose two stacks from the "Target Eliminated" buff.

Flashpoints and Operations

Operations

Terror From Beyond

  • Corrected an issue that prevented players from using Force Leap on the Grappling Tentacles.

Legacy

Galactic Reputation

  • Players may now gain reputation with the Contraband Resale Corporation, a group loosely affiliated with the Hutt Cartel! Reputation Trophies for this organization are now available in new Contraband Packs, and a new vendor has been added to allow players to capitalize on this reputation.
  • Companion characters can now equip gear earned through Galactic Reputation
  • Players will now receive a message when ranking up with an organization.
  • The Galactic Reputation Window will now update properly to indicate when players rank up with an organization.
  • Added the text "Next Rank:" to better clarify Galactic Reputation progress.

Cosmetic gear rewards from Galactic Reputation have had their required levels reduced to 10. This affects:

  • Voss Ambassador's gear
  • Hyperspace Hotshot gear
  • Section Guardian gear
  • Blue Scalene gear
  • Red Scalene gear
  • White Scalene gear
  • Gray Helix Weapons

Missions and NPCs

General

  • Additional rewards have been added to many missions throughout the game. Players will find new Experience Boost items added to the end of important mission chains and some class missions. Note that added rewards are similar to items available from the Cartel Market but will bind to the player when received.

Missions

Bounty Hunter

  • The Mandalorian Killer: Players who are defeated after reaching The Aurora's Engineering Deck will no longer be revived at a medical bay without the ability to progress past the medical bay doors.

PvP

Warzones

Huttball

  • Players will now successfully capture the Huttball if they are standing right next to the spawn shelf.

Space Combat

  • Additional rewards have been added to some Space Combat missions, including Space Combat Experience Boosts and Weekly Access Passes (useful for Free-to-Play and Preferred Players). Note that added rewards are similar to items available from the Cartel Market but will bind to the player when received.

Miscellaneous Bug Fixes

  • The Character Selection Screen will no longer incorrectly display characters as inactive when they are broken such that they require assistance.
  • Switching servers will no longer reset active characters for Preferred Status Players.
  • Corrected an issue that could falsely decrease the limit for active characters for Preferred Status Players.
  • Using /stuck during or directly after a holocall will now work as intended.
  • Expired mail messages will now be removed from mailboxes appropriately.
  • Corrected several missing cinematic elements.
  • Cast bars will no longer erroneously cut off the bottom of text.

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I played SWTOR as f2p and it was a lot of fun, with double xp weekend this pass weekend I was loving it. Then I had gotten a "Artifact HILT" and tried to mod my lightsaber. This broke it for me because F2P can't use this equipment! I was only lvl 26 and Now I had no weapon lmao. I tried to go buy a weapon at the AH and nothing was available during my "search". I looked at all the vendors and asked general chat. Several people tried to help me, but when I went to trade with them it said you can't trade. LMAO i rage quit that game.

Imo don't bother playing it, you can't use all equipment and you can't TRADE unless you pay for it.

ALso you can't even "Sprint" unless you pay for it, so it's really broken.

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