SWTOR F2P Restrictions

Bioware is tweaking Star Wars The Old Republic’s Free-to-Play restrictions after listening to consumer feedback. I reinstalled the game and played it for a few days when it went F2P but the limitations and irritation of not being able to do a whole lot other than the quests prompted me to uninstall the game again. Things like not getting Sprint until level 15, limited action bars, and more were seemingly too restrictive and it seems like Bioware has heard the complaints and is taking strides to balance it. In an upcoming patch they’re increasing the number of action bars a preferred status player (someone who owns a physical copy of the game or who has purchased an item in-game) can have to four and increasing the number of characters a player can have.

It seems a bit late for Bioware to start listening to feedback. Where was the “our community team has their ear to the ground” during the year long beta or when the game’s subscription numbers were crumbling just before going F2P? Free to players can’t even post in the SWTOR forums so I’m not sure their voices are even being heard. If the game’s no fun to play solo, must-less with friends, then they’re not going to float.