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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Star Wars: The Old Republic
BioWare has announced that the first downloadable expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, is available for pre-order. The add-on will feature a new fully voiced storyline that will see players venturing to the dual-faction planet of Makeb and battling against the Hutt Cartel. The expansion will also add new allies, enemies, and technologies, as well as five new levels of missions and an increased level cap of 55.
BioWare has released a new update for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated, coinciding with the launch of the game’s new free-to-play option. Newcomers can now play the game for free up to level 50, as well as complete the storylines of all eight classes. All players are able to access the new content introduced in Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated, which includes a new mode, new areas, and a new Companion character.
Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare’s take on a Star Wars MMO, will be going free-to-play this fall. Well, partly. The game will actually add a free-to-play option, with diehard fans able to keep their subscription for unrestricted access to all content as well as some of the new in-game currency, Cartel Coins. The free option will allow players access to each of the eight characters, though there will be a level limit (50) and restrictions on advanced features and accessing new content. For the free players who want a little more, Cartel Coins can be used to unlock some of the premium material.
Bum-bum-bumbum. That phonetically attempted tune can only mean one thing, padawans: Star Wars: The Old Republic is live. BioWare’s galaxy-spanning MMO has launched for the PC and is currently hosting innumerable adventures and adventurers. Set thousands of years before the films, players will side with the Galactic Republic or Sith Empire in one of sci-fi’s greatest wars. Eight character types are available (Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, Trooper, Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent, Sith Inquisitor, and Sith Warrior), and each has two subclasses that are further differentiated by their own skill trees. Each character also has their own storyline, complete with a fully voiced cast.
As BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic nears its December 20 release, gamers who have pre-ordered the title will be able to play the game today, starting at 6:00 AM (CST). This Early Game Access program, which will grant pre-order customers entry in waves, is said to “help manage server volumes, helping to ensure a smooth day-one experience” and can be joined by gamers redeeming their access code at the official site. All players will find an already-thriving community as BioWare has tallied over 78,000 guilds from the pre-launch beta sessions alone.
Co-founders of BioWare, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, announced at the Eurogamer Expo that the studio’s upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch on December 20. Currently available for pre-order at select retailers, The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the original trilogy and will feature eight primary classes, each with three fully voiced, unique storylines that evolve depending on the choices made. Quests will be strewn across multiple worlds, including such favorites as Tatooine and Hoth. Gamers wanting to try it out early will receive a code to unlock Early Game Access by pre-ordering, though just how early they will be able to access the game is unknown.
Game Testing for LucasArts and BioWare’s upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic is currently underway. Interested parties (18 years of age or older) must be a member of the official community to enter their name into the lot; if not …