Posted Thu, Oct 24, 2013 by Martuk
Following RIFT's example yesterday, BioWare dispatched an email to Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) players informing them that a "Character Name Renewal" is planned to take place next month. During that time, inactive free and preferred players could see their character names reset and freed up for other players if they don’t log back in prior to the reset.
“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,” read a BioWare email. “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.”
Subscribers are safe from the change, but other players that haven’t logged in for a while may want to do so if you want to keep that name.
Source: SWTOR Newsletter