Forming important alliances, making crucial choices, and going up against Emperor Valkorion are just the beginning in the latest Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion. Knights of the Fallen Empire is a return to the story-driven content BioWare and The Old Republic are known for with an emphasis on a chapter-based narrative planned to expand over time. The first nine chapters are available to expansion owners right now with more planned to release starting next year.
Knights of the Fallen Empire is a technically free expansion, but the only way to get access to its content is to subscribe to Star Wars: The Old Republic. Subscribers will automatically receive all of the expansions released for Star Wars: The Old Republic including Fallen Empire, and they will also receive a free level 60 character boost as stated on the official website. This boost can only be used on a new character, and level 60 is the jumping off point for the new content in the expansion. Additional level 60 characters can be purchased from the Cartel Market for 3,600 Cartel Coins with a current sale marking them down to 2,000 Cartel Coins each for a limited time. Each boosted level 60 comes with a character slot, so a player’s character limit will simply increase by one for each level 60 purchased.
The new story is just part of the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion. The update that released alongside the expansion also revamped the leveling experience for characters level one to level 50. Players can level up more quickly in a streamlined manner now with a character needing to only complete class story missions and important planet missions to hit level 50. The improved mission log will indicate which missions are needed to level up and which missions are optional to the leveling experience.
In the latest developer blog, it is stated that this expansion is “a love letter” to players. The story will continue after Star Wars: The Force Awaken releases with more chapters extending the story in Knights of the Fallen Empire. New chapters, at least seven more, will be added to the story starting in early 2016 according to the FAQ. They are likely to be released one at a time and will be free to subscribers. Anyone who subscribes to Star Wars: The Old Republic to gain access to the Knights of the Fallen Empire story will retain it if their subscription lapses; however, they will need to subscribe again when later chapters release in order to play through the new installments.
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