Bioware has announced that it will be retiring character names from free-to-play and Preferred Status players whose accounts/characters have been little used for a prolonged period of time. This will not affect subscribers and is intended to 'free up' names for current players.
We wanted to let you know that in November we will be initiating a “Character Name Renewal” program for all of our Free-to-Play and Preferred Status players. As a Subscriber, this offers you the benefit of more character names available in the pool! We are currently in the process of identifying accounts that have been inactive for prolonged periods. If those accounts do not login to each of the potentially impacted characters within the required timeframe the attached Character names will be released back into the general pool.
This Character Name Renewal will have no effect on your character names. As a Subscriber you will keep your names throughout this process and benefit from the increased options released back into the pool post program.
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May the Force™ be with You!
Star Wars: The Old Republic Team
Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic newsletter