If your summer plans include the frequent use of a lightsaber, things are looking pretty sweet right now.
Bioware, the developer of Star Wars: The Old Republic have revealed new content that they plan on implementing throughout the remainder of this summer. In addition to the consistent perks of Double XP Weekends, SWTOR will be featuring plenty of fresh content to keep players on their toes. In their latest update on the Summer of SWTOR the developers at Bioware gave the community the latest news on the state of the game, including news on the next Relics of the Gree event, the new mission areas and flashpoints in Game Update 2.3, Titans of Industry, as well as Bounty Contract Week, and even a sneak peek into the contents of Game Update 2.4.
On July 23rd, the Relics of the Gree event will run for another two weeks, giving players another opportunity to interact with the valuable faction. The Relics of the Gree is a faction-based event in which players can complete PvE and PvP objectives for rewards such as mini-pets, weapons, armor, or even a mount. During this version of the event, challenges will be scaled up to level 55, and include better loot, commendations, and achievements than previous versions. There is also a possibility of earning the Sphere Transport Enclosure vehicle, which is being released for the first time during this event.
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.
Once players have finished grinding out the Gree faction reputation, Game Update 2.3 will be released, with a current release date of August 6th. The Titans of Industry update will include two flashpoint dungeons for level 55 players, Czerka Corporate Labs, and Czerka Core Meltdown. The flashpoints will be available in story mode, which doesn't require a specific group makeup, or in hard mode, which promises to be a new challenge for veteran SWTOR players. There will also be a new max level mission area, where players can earn reputation with Czerka for new gear, mini-pets, and the Czerka Executive Cruiser. Game Update 2.3 will also include the new Ewok companion, Treek.
Swiftly following the August 6th release of Titans of Industry will be a brand new event in The Old Republic, Bounty Contract Week. Bounty Contract Week is a monthly recurring, week-long event during which players of all levels can take on brand new missions that have them chasing bounties on criminals and Kingpins of all kinds. These missions are not your standard run of the mill quests, though. The developers write, "Players will have opportunities to interrogate informants, make dark and light side decisions, and kill or capture their ultimate target. Each time you take a contract, it has a chance to play out a little differently, depending on the information you gather during your hunt. Once you've completed enough contracts, you can accept even more dangerous missions to take down notorious crime Kingpins!" Players will be rewarded for their efforts with things such as mounts, new gear, special legacy titles, Cartel Coins, and a unique companion customization for HK-51. Though Bounty Contract Week is going to be a monthly recurring event, Bounty Contract Week will have its debut release on August 13th.
Finally, Bioware hinted at what would be coming in Game Update 2.4 Although they haven't released a name for the content update, they have released an estimated release date, October 1st. The Game Update will feature a short story arc on the planet Oricon, and features the Dread Masters. The content update will include two new Operations: Dread Fortress and Dread Palace. There will also be a new 4v4 Warzone Arena, as well as new end game PvE and PvP gear.
With this much fresh content coming out this summer, Star Wars the Old Republic players will have good reason to stay busy with the game. So far Bioware has done an incredible job of staying on top of their promises, and has turned the game's initial hardship into a duly-earned successful MMORPG. Their conversion to a free-to-play game has been a huge success, and with the game being totally free to play, it's never been a better time to get your Star Wars fix on.
Source: Summer of SWTOR Update