In the new expansion you'll be able to explore a strange new world in a galaxy far, far away.
The potential to add new content to SWTOR is pretty much infinite. The developers can add as many planets and stories as fast they can dream them up, but the team was a bit side-tracked last year with switching the game's business model to free to play. Now that that's out of the way, and revenue seems to be rising, the team can go back to making the stories that made The Old Republic special.
Players can hop in to SWTOR's first expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, now. The expansion introduces players to the brand new, highly-contested planet, Makeb, along with raising the level cap to 55. Players with the expansion will also get access to new Operations and Hard Mode Flashpoints, as well a new storyline filled with fully-voiced cinematic conversations.
"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 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! "
Rise of the Hutt Cartel is centered on a new planet, Makeb, which has been invaded by the abominable Hutt Cartel. Players from the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire will each have their own motives for venturing to Makeb, but for once, the main story doesn't focus on pitting the two factions against one another. Instead, the Republic will be charged with recovering the planet from the Hutts, while the Empire will center concentrate on gathering a rare mineral that can be used for Imperial advantage.
In addition to a whole new world to explore and storylines to play through, Rise of the Hutt Cartel also features a raised level cap, allowing players to now adventure all the way up to level 55. As players level up, they'll be able to learn new abilities, earn more skill points, and acquire some flashy new gear.
Once at level 55, players can take part in fresh high-level group content which was added in Game Update 2.0. These include a new Operation titled Scum and Villainy, as well as a level 55 Nightmare Mode version of Operation: Terror From Beyond.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is the only massively-multiplayer online game with a Free-to-Play option that puts you at the center of your own story-driven Star Wars saga. Play as a Jedi, a Sith, a Bounty Hunter or as one of many other Star Wars iconic roles and explore an age over three-thousand years before the classic films. Become the hero of your own Star Wars adventure as you choose your path down the Light or Dark side of the Force.
SWTOR's Game Update 2.0 also added Level 55 Hard Mode Flashpoints, which are now available for players with The Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion. These Flashpoints include Hammer Station, Athiss, Mandalorian Raiders, and Cademimu.
On the lighter side, Rise of the Hutt Cartel also introduces Macrobinoculars and Seeker Droids to SWTOR. With the Macrobinoculars, players will be able to scan and analyze objects from far away, as well as uncover hidden objects. Players will have to use their Macrobinoculars in Rise of the Hutt Cartel to track down a new enemy known as The Shroud.
Seeker Droids on the other hand allow players to dig at specific locations in order to find treasure and quest objects. The Seeker Droid will also have its own unique storyline in Rise of the Hutt Cartel, where players must find dangerous Sith Artifacts which have been spread throughout the galaxy corrupting anyone who comes into contact with them.
SWTOR: Rise of the Hutt Cartel is available now to subscribers for $9.99 and $19.99 for non-subscribers.