Forget toppling Warcraft -- EA's massively-multiplayer hopeful Star Wars: The Old Republic is just trying to keep its galaxy from turning into a black hole. In an earnings call Tuesday, EA noted that the game some believed had the firepower to take down perennial online role-playing game champ World of Warcraft currently sports fewer than one million paying subscribers
. That's down from the 1.3 million it reported back in May
and a serious drop from the 1.7 million it enjoyed in March.
To combat the player exodus, EA also announced that it will turn Star Wars: The Old Republic into a free-to-play title beginning in November. The option will give players access to all eight character class storylines up to level 50, though some features and content will be restricted. Players can unlock some of that content by purchasing 'Cartel Coins', the game's new virtual currency.