Players of Star Wars: The Old Republic had reason to tune into the Electronic Arts E3 presentation today. The publisher announced a new expansion coming to nearly 4-year-old game during the press conference. Both the Empire and the Republic will have to contend with a new threat called the Emperor of the Eternal Throne.
The new expansion, “Knights of the Fallen Empire,” will raise the level cap, make players Outlanders, usher in a new storyline, and alter the way players receive new Star Wars: The Old Republic content. “Knights of the Fallen Empire” is the third expansion to raise the level cap. Previously, “Rise of the Hutt Cartel” and “Shadow of Revan” boosted the level cap by increments of five from the base game’s level 50. With Knights of the Fallen Empire, players will be able to reach level 65.
Luckily, the expansion will launch with the option of players to start at level 60. This will let both novice and veteran players start playing the newest content immediately, including the new story-based chapters. Not to mention leveling through the classes’ personal stories should be easier when the expansion releases.
“In addition, with the launch of ‘Knights of the Fallen Empire’ the original eight class stories from Star Wars: The Old Republic will be enhanced to deliver a more immersive and engaging single-player story arc for players old and new. Plus, end-game experiences in Star Wars: The Old Republic will be advanced, giving players the option to join with friends in a variety of multiplayer missions upgraded to Level 60+.”
As for players becoming Outlanders, players will be able to take on the role of the Outlander when the expansion launches. Level 60 players are considered Outlanders setting up the story presented in the expansion. Players will have the opportunity to recruit new companions, reunite with their previous companions, and level up for new abilities as the Outlander. In fact, players might even be able to recruit companions from other classes according to Polygon.
When “Knights of the Fallen Empire” releases, nine chapters will be available to players at the level cap. Subsequent chapters will be added after launch expanding the Star Wars: The Old Republic story even further. Story driven patches are not out of the ordinary either. In fact, the Inquisitr just reported on a new planet and new features coming to the game a few months ago.
Unlike “Rise of the Hutt Cartel” and “Shadow of Revan,” this expansion will be free to subscribers. Extra bonuses, like new weapons, armor, and even a companion, will be rewarded to those who subscribe to Star Wars: The Old Republic before the new expansion releases.
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