Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Launches Free-to-Play Option Today

  Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Launches Free-to-Play Option Today

      Award-Winning MMO from BioWare and LucasArts also adds New Content

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AUSTIN, Texas -- November 15, 2012

BioWare™, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), and LucasArts
announced today that the new, Free-to-Play option for the
critically-acclaimed, massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old
Republic is now live. Players can experience the complete storylines of all
eight, iconic Star Wars™ classes, all the way to level 50 for free. This new
option complements the existing subscription offering, providing players with
maximum flexibility in how they choose to experience Star Wars: The Old
Republic.

“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.”

Also today, BioWare released Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated, which adds new
areas to explore, a new Companion character and more, including:

  *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!

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a story-driven, massively multiplayer online
(MMO) game with a Free-to-Play option from BioWare and LucasArts. Set
thousands of years before the classic Star Wars movies, players team up with
friends online to fight in heroic battles, explore a galaxy of vibrant planets
and experience visceral Star Wars combat, all set to a sweeping musical score.
Players are asked to join forces with either the Galactic Republic or Sith
Empire and choose one of eight iconic Star Wars characters, including the Jedi
Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, Trooper, Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitor,
Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent.

For more information on the different ways players can now experience Star
Wars: The Old Republic, including the Free-to-Play option, please visit
www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/FREE or http://Origin.com. As always, be sure
to check StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com for latest updates and follow us on
Twitter®, Facebook®, and YouTube®.

ACCEPTANCE OF END USER ACCESS AND LICENSE AGREEMENT ('EUALA'), PERSISTENT
INTERNET CONNECTION, AND ACCOUNT REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO PLAY. MUST BE 13+ TO
REGISTER. ACCOUNT IS NON-TRANSFERABLE ONCE USED. PAID SUBSCRIPTION, VALID AND
ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHOD OR PAID GAME TIME CARD (IF AVAILABLE) REQUIRED TO
ACCESS SUBSCRIPTION GAMEPLAY. PAYMENT METHOD AGE RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. SWTOR
ONLINE SERVICE MAY BE DISCONTINUED. SEE EUALA FOR DETAILS. AGREEMENT TO SHARE
ACCOUNT INFORMATION WITH LUCASFILM ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LTD. ('LUCASFILM') IS
REQUIRED TO ACCESS GAMEPLAY. GAME INTENDED FOR PLAY ONLY WITHIN NORTH AMERICA,
EUROPE AND CERTAIN OTHER TERRITORIES. USE OF CARTEL COINS SUBJECT TO DIGITAL
SERVICES AGREEMENT. PRIVACY POLICY AND TERMS OF SERVICE AVAILABLE AT
WWW.SWTOR.COM. ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO PLAY THE GAME APPLY AT ALL TIMES.
THE FIRST 30 DAYS OF SUBSCRIPTION ARE INCLUDED IN THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE
PRODUCT. SUBSCRIPTIONS MAY BE CANCELLED AT ANY TIME. SEE WWW.SWTOR.COM FOR
DETAILS.

About LucasArts

Founded in 1982 by filmmaker George Lucas, LucasArts is a leading publisher
and developer of interactive entertainment. With development facilities in San
Francisco and Singapore, LucasArts leverages the global skills, technology and
resources of the Lucasfilm family of companies -- including visual effects
leader Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound -- in
addition to strategic partnerships with best-in-class external partners, to
further the boundaries of game development. LucasArts is dedicated to
delivering deeply immersive, visually spectacular and engaging experiences
that inspire and amaze generations.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive
entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for
Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and
social networks. EA has more than 250 million registered players and operates
in 75 countries.

In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion. Headquartered in
Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically
acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA
Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and Mass Effect™. More information about
EA is available at http://info.ea.com.

The Sims andNeed for Speed are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. BioWare and
Mass Effect are trademarks of EA International (Studio and Publishing)
Ltd.Battlefield is a trademark of EA Digital Illusions CE AB.John Madden,
NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with
permission.

LucasArts, the LucasArts logo,STAR WARSand related properties are trademarks
in the United States and/or in other countries of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its
affiliates. © 2012 Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. or Lucasfilm Ltd. All
rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.

Contact:

Electronic Arts
Alana Logan, 512-287-7732
Senior Publicist
alogan@bioware.com
or
Electronic Arts
Andrew Wong, 650-628-2781
Director of PR
anwong@ea.com
 
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