No. It's free to play, but I really enjoy the game so I subscribe. If you are a free player you have to be aware that you can't wear purple items. I think you can still get bh comms and buy the campaign armor and put it in orange shells. I've been in since beta and still really enjoy it, so I pay a subscription. My server is pot5, and pretty busy so easy to get war zones or flashpoints. If you mean the rare items from cartel packs you can still save up in game currency and buy them on the auction house. It's really easy now to grind out war hero pvp armor, which is good enough for most end game raids really, and useful in open world pvp areas like the black hole.