Pay-To-Play Reputations in SWTOR – Beginning Of The End, Or Beginning Of Not Much?

Has the other shoe dropped for SWTOR in its new F2P incarnation?

That’s what some people have been saying, as the latest SWTOR patch introduces a reputation that only interacts with the Real-Money “Cartel” system.

But is it really that bad?

  • Shintar thinks it’s all a big fuss over nothing, given that all of the items unlocked are cosmetic“Cosmetic fluff is about as innocent as this kind of stuff can get. Yes, I can understand why it sucks if that’s your favourite thing in the game, but what kind of things do you expect them to sell then? “
  • And Rohan mostly agrees, although he’s a bit concerned that it may indicate a worrying trend in the game“In F2P games, more and more it’s looking like the monetization team is the profit-generating division, and the actual game is nothing more than a cost center, and company policy follows accordingly.”