Those on the edge of their seats for the upcoming installment of the cult-favorite Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be thrilled to know that a game complement to the movie is already up for public consumption. The name of the online, multiplayer game is Star Wars: The Old Republic and its premise is, of course, based on the Star Wars films. Any player who registers can access the fantasy-laced, digital world for free.
Game developer BioWare, along with LucasArts, announced Star Wars: The Old Republic in 2008. In 2011, Electronic Arts published the game, which brought more players into the fold.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has gone through several reboots since that time. When the first version surfaced in December 2011, more than 1 million users subscribed to play, according to Requnix. However, the game began to lose a portion of that player base a year later as players migrated to other options. Per Requnix, the subscription count dipped to about 500,000 around that time.