Star Wars MMO getting two new expansions; will players come back?

BioWare announces two new expansions coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic in 2014; will resemble Galactic Starfighter and Rise of the Hutt Cartel.

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BioWare today announced a 2014 roadmap for Star Wars: The Old Republic that includes two all-new digital expansions for the free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

One of these expansions will be similar in scope to the Galactic Starfighter add-on (released today), while the other will more closely resemble the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion. No official details on what might be included with these upcoming expansions was announced, but when you have the Star Wars universe to play with, the sky would seem to be the limit.

Also in 2014, BioWare said it plans to deliver new PvP Seasons, Flashpoints, Operations, gear, performance improves, and Class changes. The developer cautioned fans that plans might change, but right now the plan is to deliver the two expansions and all other new content later this year.

On the more immediate horizon, BioWare said players can expect a double XP weekend March 14-17, and the arrival of game update 2.7 on April 8 and update 2.8 on June 10. Update 2.7 adds new Flashpoints and a Galactic Starfighter battle zone, while update 2.8 will introduce the Nightmare Mode Dread Palace Operation and new ships.

Finally, BioWare said it is moving to a three-week cycle (from two) between patches so that the developer has more time to test features and functionality.

"We feel the benefit of catching pesky bugs and improving quality is worth it and we remain committed to hitting our deadlines for all of our major content updates this year," senior producer Bruce Maclean said on the game's website.

Star Wars: The Old Republic launched in 2011 after its development reportedly cost $200 million for publisher Electronic Arts. The game failed to attract a wide enough userbase to sustain its subscription-based model and switched to free-to-play just 11 months after release.

It is unclear how significant a revenue driver The Old Republic is for EA or how many people are actively playing the game. The company made no mention whatsoever of the game during its latest financial report last week.

Is the announcement of new expansions and other content enough to get you to come back to The Old Republic? Let us know in the comments below!

Discussion

387 comments
FlawlessArts-
FlawlessArts-

As long as most of the races and the characters customization are not in free to play SW fans won't play it

I hate all the available races already and I don't feel like playing it again 

abaris1111
abaris1111

Its sad becuase I feel like big developers are jumping in on the MMO world instead of sticking to the excellent single player games they once made, just as the world is getting tired of the shallowness of the MMO genre. MMO's are a cash grab pure and simple. Sure I sunk tons of money into WoW from the beginning and into Swtor for the firs 6 months, but I know these games were made with money in mind and not the gamers who loved their old games. Now we crave the single player game that was so well done. Ofcourse Im generalizing but I know some people share my thoughts.

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

I have played the beta and have not been back since.

bshidobrown
bshidobrown

I got bored myself but I think I'd give it a chance again if they made a Mac client. 

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

so here are some extended thoughts of mine.

I tried to like this game, I really did. I had hoped that the fact that TOR had a main storyline and voice acting was going to appeal to me and be like KOTOR. I tried to get into it 3 times. The biggest attempt was with the smuggler. I had chosen the smuggler expecting the lovable rogue with his witty humour and smartassines(is this even a word ). He was not even near what I expected from that class, serious and all.
  To add insult to injury the game suffers from all the bad elements of its MMO side, the constant backtracking and the boring battle system that is pretty much what I hated from MMOs of the past. Things are getting worse if we take into account that the game pretty much had to go F2P to survive. The transition was not smooth and it took time for the game to be fully converted. with that been said, it suffers pretty much from all F2P problems.
   All and all that 200 million dollars could have made the best KOTOR ever.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

I honestly forgot about this game.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

got bored by the tedious runaround and run of the mill quests and I was dissapointed by the character I chose(the smuggler, all serious and shady, where is the whitty character?!). Sorry, never going back.


TashunkoSapa
TashunkoSapa

Logged like 6 months ago. Saw that all of my characters have disappeared. Unfortunately non-subscribers can't contact support, despite the fact that I've bought the game and am an ex-subscriber.


Make a guess if I'm going back...

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

No players won't come back to your boring game, sorry to say. 

The free to play model is one of the worst I have seen in MMO's and it took me a long time to finish the Sith Marauder storyline because of all the restrictions that the game had (extra action bars as micro transactions really?) and other stupid things like not being able to equip artifact (epic/purple) gear.

I'm done with this game, but perhaps others are still interested in it.



galactic88
galactic88

Bioware after the Mass Effect 3 fiasco, and the fact that this game really had no end game content from the get go.....what do you expect?

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

as i big kotor fan i played swtor a lot ..have all the calsses at lvl 55 most of them are optimized .... but the games dead .... the pvp has been dead for a long time now .... the raids i enjoyed but slowly and slowly the guilds are dying .... far to many server changes coz most of the servers are now filled with f2p of which a majority dont have any clue of whats going on and thats fine if you're willing to listen and learn but thats a rarity
i hope bioware make koto3  

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

There's no endgame content, PvP warzones are boring and desperately in need of level divisions, there's no real difference between the two factions, and there aren't enough areas to explore. Save your money, Bioware. This isn't a good investment.

Coseniath
Coseniath

I played this game from the begining and even killed the last boss alone as a sentinel when it was nearly impossible to do it (EA deployed a patch later nerfing the boss to the ground). It was a great game till you reach lvl50. Then it was nearly nothing to do except of some minor pvp. After aquiring the founder title I stopped playing. 


Things have changed I guess till the last time I played. I tried to join the game again after a few months of leaving but I found something that it was too ugly to make me continue as F2P. Seriously, you need to pay in order to equip your epics??? I was soooooo dissapointed. 


So to everyone that is currently playing the game without subscription. Do you have again to pay in order to equip epics?


VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I wont be playing this BS until you put real-time combat in and let lightsabers cut people up.

Quit dumbing down playing as a Jedi.

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

I subscribed to this game after they offered me an additional 30 days to a sixty day subscription.  I didn't feel at home with the Jedi Consular, as I did in the single-player titles.  So I tried the Bounty Hunter and modeled him after Jubal Early from 'Firefly', even named him that too.  I haven't looked back, I'm loving it so far.  


I still wish they'd make KOTOR 3, but I redact my previous statements that an MMO was a bad move.  This game is awesome, it now has my approval 

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

 ea games were lucky enough to get me to try its games to begin with, coming back?  lol.

crazeon
crazeon

"Baby come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong and I just can't live without you"

Mazam1212
Mazam1212

Please give me a single player SWTOR game. Will wait a decade. 

daious
daious

They still make 100 million dollars a year from the F2P model so I expected them to continue to support it.

ncogneegro
ncogneegro

Another EA/SWTOR hate parade.  


I play SWTOR, as a subscriber and I am having a lot of fun with it.  Two additoinal expansions is good news. 

weizegger8
weizegger8

No i am still blocked out from logging in. The community is bad!

CatAtomic999
CatAtomic999

It's popular to hate on this game, but I really did enjoy it while I was playing. The linearity is what ended up driving me off, but it might time to give it a second look. Hopefully the f2p goons haven't turned it into a cesspool. I hate f2p MMORPGs...

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

Who say's we've all left? A lot of people are still playing this game, and a lot more are just waiting for new content before they renew their subscription for a bit. This isn't some drowning MMO that needs to be fished out of the gutter...

DarrellAKitchen
DarrellAKitchen

There are some who will, just to see if the changes are sufficient enough to warrant attention.  Some will just for nostalgia sake.  But I'm almost inclined to say, "No!"  I still play SWTOR, having six level 55 characters and four more close to 50 on two different servers, so I'm not in the market to leave for a while.

What I do find unfortunate is how they pop out newer content that targets the higher level players and don't even give notice to the lower level players.  The story lines are okay on most, boring on others, and intriguing on still others.  But newer content for lower level Environment players (PvE) would be much desirable.  It doesn't mean they would have to break the current class story-lines, just add newer missions on older planets that send the players to other newer planets in this huge galaxy that provide newer content for all lower level players.  Break up the humdrum endless deja-vu monotony of creating new toons.

I also think it's terrible, being a NON-PvP player that this newer content, Galactic Starfighter, is PvP only.  About the way I can get any real space-time, in a space ship in an MMO is to switch over to Star Trek Online (where I have two lifetime accounts).  What one lacks the other makes up for.  STO has terrible ground/planet-based missions, and SWTOR has terrible space-based missions (for Non-PvP players).

I personally want more lower level content ... something I will most likely never see before I die.

tanerb
tanerb

Lol ,All the angry people from the launch. Swtor is the second biggest MMO out there. Making more money than Gw2, Rift, Terra etc.. everything other than Wow and It will be around for a long time.

Rusmurf
Rusmurf

No, lol.... I hope they sink a ton of money into it though.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

"Will players come back?" NO. Next question!

abaris1111
abaris1111

@bshidobrown same here, I had it for windows via bootcamp. But to get me back they would have to make a mac client.

abaris1111
abaris1111

@PETERAKO I also tried so hard. I had gotten into it for a few months even tho I was disappointed. Its just so unoriginal... If they didnt base every character annoyingly on characters from the original trilogy I believe that would have helped also. Kotor was so interesting because it was a new and unique story and set of characters in a galaxy we already loved.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@PETERAKO

The smuggler is plenty witty, you are not playing him or her right. He or she can practically flirt with opposite sex NPCs, and the Carso Riggs romance with female Smuggler is plenty witty, Nevermind making him jealous in every turn.

Radnen
Radnen

@galactic88  People still talk about ME3? People seem to judge a game on 10 min. gamplay rather than its legacy -_-. ME was a really damn good series, probably the best RPG experience in terms of scope and design, I mean it contends with the lore powerhouse of StarWars, not bad considering there are very few space operas in the scale of StarTrek and StarWars, etc.


I'm looking forward to ME 4, which is no doubt where they moved their attention to as of late.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@galactic88

endgame is overrated.


roll an alt, this game encourages it.


Don't whine about end game when you play only 1/8 of the game.

omniscientearl
omniscientearl

@VenkmanPHD  Lightsaber and blaster resistant materials and armor are part of the lore of star wars. If they weren't then no one would ever wear armor.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@Fartman7998

Jedi Consular's storyline gets way better as it goes along, you are missing out. It may not have the excitement as the other classes, but for what it is, its very well written and fits his role well. Also Nadia is an excellent companion.

omniscientearl
omniscientearl

@daious  More, actually. By moving to F2P they are making twice as much money with 500k subscribers than they were as P2P with 1 million subscribers. Hence why the content development cycle is on a good schedule, and new content is being pumped out constantly.

omniscientearl
omniscientearl

@CatAtomic999  Believe it or not, the hate often comes from elitists who want exclusivity, rather than the f2p community. I'm a subscriber, and would love it if they loosened some of the free to play restrictions(which they did, to a point), as there are several free to play members of my guild.

chuckles471
chuckles471

@CatAtomic999  It's more of "press space I hate these talking bits,  I need the loot from the next boss".

chuckles471
chuckles471

@Darth_Aloysius  To be fair EA's shareholders were hoping for WOW 2010 numbers.


They didn't get that, it still makes a profit but for a company of EA's size just making a profit isn't enough.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@DarrellAKitchen  I agree with this sentiment, though what I want more than ever is new story-based content for Lvl 50+ so I can continue my character stories, injecting a bit of life into old content to give it better replay value would be good move too.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@Darth_Aloysius @DarrellAKitchen

They said there will not be any continuation to the class story, and imagine because many of the writers left or are moved to other teams (The Jedi Consular writer is on the next Mass Effect team) and because of voice acting budget.


However, they need to bring more input with companions and make class matter in the next stories they do. But they have to move forward for the Revan vs Emperor plot

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@Fartman7998 @texasgoldrush

I recommend the female consular. Nolan North is disappointing as the male.


As a general rule, female VA's tend to be better than the male...however the trooper (sorry Jennifer Hale) and the Sith Warrior are exceptions.


If you want to laugh, play the female Smuggler, voiced by Kath Soucie (who did Phil and Lil from Rugrats, Linka from Captain Planet). The Smugglers story isn;t great but the characters make up for it.


Imperial Agent is a must play.