So, Star Wars, eh? It's getting to be feast or famine with everyone's favorite galaxy far far away. First we learn that Disney is going to make more the mythical Star Warsepisodes 7, 8, and 9, then we learn that they're going to do one-off character movies set in the Star Wars Universe like they do with their Marvel Comics movies. Naturally, whatever hate-demon Oh Great Flanneled One sold his soul to saw happiness from nerds and had to destroy it, so Disney decided to close LucasArts and cancel everything they were working on.
I know that LucasArts was naught but a shadow of its former self for several years before the end, but still. Those of us holding out hope for an eventual proper sequel to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 have to had to kiss one of their dreams goodbye. That is always a bad thing. Even if LucasArts closed because they were funding Al-Qaeda and the government sent their entire board of directors and the CEO to Guantanamo Bay, it would still suck that they had to kill the entire company.
In any event, BioWare's fake sequel to Kotor 2, the MMO Star Wars: the Old Republic, released its first major expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartell, today. You'll get new story levels, new gear and loot, and an increase in the level cap to 55. Rise of the Hutt Cartel is set on the planet Makeb and will cost $19.99 for those that choose to adopt The Old Republic's free-to-play model. However, if you're already a subscriber to The Old Republic, you'll get it at the lower price of $9.99.
BIOWARE ANNOUNCES FIRST DIGITAL EXPANSION: Rise of the Hutt Cartel -- IS NOW LIVE IN Star Wars™: The Old Republic™
Digital Expansion Adds New Story Content and Increases Level Cap to 55 in the Award-Winning MMO from BioWare and LucasArts
AUSTIN, Texas – Apr. 14, 2013 – The Hutt Cartel is making a huge play to become the next galactic superpower and only the Republic or the Empire can stop their rise! BioWare™, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), and LucasArts announced today that the first digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, is now available for players worldwide. Available for $19.99 (USD), or at half price for current Subscribers ($9.99 USD), players can extend their personal Star Wars™ saga, with exciting new playable missions, new features and a striking new planet, Makeb. Playing through Rise of the Hutt Cartel will raise the game’s level cap to 55 and allow players to access a host of new, higher-level group content in the recently released Game Update 2.0: Scum and Villainy.
“We’ve worked hard over the last year to ensure we were listening to player feedback and acting on it. This month, we’re not only adding hours of new story-driven content and features with Rise of the Hutt Cartel, but we are also adding depth and content to the end game with our latest Game Update 2.0: Scum and Villainy,” said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic. “All of this new content, combined with a much larger, more active and engaged community since the addition of the Free-to-Play option last year, makes this the best time to join or return to The Old Republic!”
In Rise of the Hutt Cartel, players will explore a new storyline on the beautiful and exciting new planet of Makeb. Here players will continue their faction storylines as they fight against a nefarious new threat, the Hutt Cartel, attempting a take-over of the planet and all its resources. As players progress through the new levels they will earn new gear and abilities, along with access to new Elder Game content. As part of the experience, players will also be able to acquire new technological gear including Macrobinoculars and Seeker Droids, which take players on galaxy-spanning new missions to unlock valuable rewards.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the classic Star Wars movies. Players are immersed as they team up with friends online to fight in heroic battles reminiscent of the films, exploring a galaxy of vibrant planets, experiencing visceral Star Wars combat, all set to a sweeping musical score. Now, players can experience the complete storylines of the eight iconic Star Wars classes, all the way to Level 50 without having to pay a monthly fee. The new Free-to-Play option complements the existing subscription offering, providing greater flexibility in how to experience Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/RiseoftheHuttCartel to learn more or purchase the Digital Expansion for $19.99. Be sure to check www.StarWarsTheTheOldRepublic.com for the latest updates and follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
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