Yesterday’s big news in the Star Wars: The Old Republic community was that the game will be going free to play in November 2012. I did some research into how long it took for some more than average and some not so average MMORPGs to go free to play in the past. Results of my research can be seen in the above “comic”. For a game that aspired to be the next big thing in MMORPG space and always said it will be a subscription based game this is the biggest strategy change you could think of. It is also one of the fastest conversions to a F2P model in the MMORPG space. I think the only other MMO from a major publisher that converted to F2P in less than a year is DC Universe Online by SOE (and they even did it after 11 months).