The Free-to-Play option for Star Wars: The Old Republic is now live, BioWare and EA have announced.

Players can now experience the complete storylines of all eight Star Wars classes, up to level 50 for free. A subscription option also remains.

"We want to give our players the freedom to enjoy Star Wars: The Old Republic when and how they want," said Matthew Bromberg, general manager of BioWare Austin. "There has never been a better time to start playing with us."

The Free-to-Play option launch coincides with the roll out of Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated:

  • Get ready for an action-packed adventure to earn control of one of the galaxy's most deadly Assassins, HK-51. Submerged beneath the icy surface of Belsavis lies a derelict ship and if you are brave enough to venture through the wreckage, you will embark on a mission that ultimately rewards you with a powerful new, yet familiar, ally: the ruthless Assassin Droid, HK-51.
  • Explore Section X, a previously untouched area of the prison world of Belsavis. The Dread Masters' servants are searching for a powerful and ancient weapon. Fly to Section X and secure the target of their search to be richly rewarded.
  • Travel to Denova to take on Operation: Explosive Conflict - now with a Nightmare Mode! Teams who complete in this new mode can earn the final pieces of the Dread Guard gear set and a brand new mount that will be sure to cause tank envy!

Source: Press release