The Old Republic's 'Rise of the Hutt Cartel' expansion out April 14

First digital expansion for BioWare's free-to-play MMO game launching next month; those who preordered on or before January 7 can jump in April 9.

Star Wars: The Old Republic will add its first digital expansion next month. BioWare announced today that the free-to-play massively multiplayer online game's Rise of the Hutt Cartel will launch April 14, 2013.

Gamers who preordered Rise of the Hutt Cartel on or before January 7 will receive early access to the expansion and be able to jump in beginning April 9. On that day, game update 2.0: Scum and Villainy will go live, adding new level 55 content and legacy achievements.

The Rise of the Hutt Cartel add-on increases the MMO game's level cap to 55, adds a new planet called Makeb, and features fully voiced conversations. It will be available by digital download for $20 (subscribers can grab the content for $10).

Star Wars: The Old Republic launched a year ago behind generally favorable reviews, selling 2 million copies in its first three months. Subscriber figures fell, and the game added a free-to-play option in November.

For more, check out GameSpot's review of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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37 comments
AzatiS
AzatiS

When EA says FREE TO PLAY with so many restrictions for free to play players .... is ridiculous to say the least.


Anyways , biggest flop of this generation by far... 200Million game and failed so hard..

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

BWAHAHAHAHAHA Biofail at it again. 

ShinobiMedic
ShinobiMedic

I'd encourage people to take a look at Tera Online instead, or play a trial of World of Warcraft. My experience with SWTOR is that it is directly annoying to play most of the time, unbalanced, filled with hackers, small sales in the face to unbalance the game even further, extremely liniar questing for an MMO and much much more. SWTOR is a decent game, but for me personally, it doesn't even live up the second expansion of World of Warcraft. Star Wars is brilliant, a Star Wars MMO is great but SWTOR is a great example of how NOT to do it. I hope SWTOR either gets replaced by an MMO that can actually live up to the standard of MMOs these days or eventually becomes good.

Shango4
Shango4

I stopped playing after the first 2 months because it was just too easy. Had nothing to do with the "WoW clone" argument, or KOTOR 3. The space combat missions, quests, flashpoints, and operations were just ridiculously simple. The only difficulty in an operation I remember was the final boss in The Eternity Vault was bugged most of the time and made it next to impossible to beat, but the guild I was in and I still managed to beat it. Karraga's Palace was super easy. Never having to leave the capitol ship to do all but I think 1 or 2 flashpoints was super lame. Getting geared was super easy. The PvP maps got super boring, and the open world PvP was next to non existent, besides the garbage that was Illum.
The stories were good though, can't take that away from it for sure.

Shango4
Shango4

Having played the hell out of Mass Effect over the last few years I would love to see a KOTOR game get that kind of voice acting, HD graphics, structure (Mass Effect 2's structure anyway, loved them Loyalty Missions).

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

Man, are the the Whatever Species Jabba Is all part of a crime syndicate? I think even the Dark Jedi Hutt Leia had a lightsaber fight with was a crime boss. Even Twi'leks get to be politicians and stuff.

Shango4
Shango4

Just make KOTOR 3, no one cares about this MMO.

rocca_fella911
rocca_fella911

prefered status is better, buy anything over 5 bux and SOME restrictions are lifted. Biggest one is credit limit (sub=unlimited, prefered=350k, f2p=250k). anyone who's played this game before knows that the galactic trade network has items for level 50's worth more then 350k.
Real definition: Pay to win. If you don't play a lot of games and can afford to pay your internet bill and this game is more your taste, its worth the money. just be prepared how naked you will feel when you stop your subscription and lose most the stuff you depend on lol

Poodger
Poodger

I had fun with The Old Republic when it released. Unfortunately, the game started to become a ghost town, so I quit. Then Guild Wars 2 came out and I have found myself enjoying it even more than I enjoyed ToR.

arcticwarrior00
arcticwarrior00

its the best mmo out there...considering that your having a life outside the game to live and you r not playing 24h a day

Deadpool-n
Deadpool-n

Might not be a wow killer, but it is definitely better.

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

Misleading title, the game isn't even close to free-to-play.

wexorian
wexorian

Worst F2p model with DCUO :D

NorseLax09
NorseLax09

too bad you can't really do anything in the game without a subscription.

Saketume
Saketume

My inner child is showing.

First Rise of the Penix and now Rise of the Bhutt

RO-nIn187
RO-nIn187

after the disappointing AoC this is my second MMO and I started f2p in december, subscriber since january... beats every MMO out there!

dogfather76
dogfather76

Still can't believe how anxious I was to get my "Your Sage Begins Now" email.  Talk about a missed opportunity.

Joshua2222
Joshua2222

I'm more excited about the double XP weekends leading up to it's release lol

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

@Shango4 But is is the closest thing to KOTOR3 we have..... I really would love KOTOR3 to happen though.

northArrow
northArrow

@Shango4 The individual class story lines in TOR are better than KOTOR 2's was. I don' tknow why people keep asking for a KOTOR 3

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Shango4 "no one cares" is the most cancerous type of comment you see around gamespot

This game actually has acquired a fairly large player base since it went F2P, so clearly some people do care about it.

northArrow
northArrow

@Poodger I was the same for a while but currently I've lost interest in GW2 and considering going back to TOR

northArrow
northArrow

@wexorian It is a pretty bad model, but at least it's still better than the subscription fee scam

Meteor7
Meteor7

@wexorian Yeah we don't need an MMO to kill WoW because it is killing itself.

Jamie-L
Jamie-L

@RO-nIn187  So far I feel the same way. However, I am worried about the criticism that the game is boring after you max your character's level.

northArrow
northArrow

Not trolling at all. The individual class story lines in TOR are much better than the unfinished game Obsidian gave us. While TOR does have some short comings, it doesn't come from the story/lore