Star Wars: The Old Republic Soon Gets Something New

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor December 18, 2012

As if there wasn't enough debate over the free to play version of Star Wars: The Old Republic. To add fuel to that fire, Bioware made an announcement that had players leaping for joy, and almost a minute later questioning some of Bioware's decision making again. It seems that SW:ToR will be getting a new digital expansion next Spring. Rise of the Hutt Cartel is set to raise the level cap to 55, add one new planet, and throw in (you guessed it) MORE STORY! While this mostly came as good news to players, the next tidbit has some gamers, particularly those that subscribe, scratching their heads.

It seems this digital expansion is now available for pre-order and if you do so before January 7th you'll get 5 days of early access to the expansion. Yes. I meant pre-order. Both free AND sub based players will have to pay for the expansion. Free players get charged $19.99 and subscribed players get the "deal" of a $9.99 price tag.

I have to admit, it doesn't sound like an expansion to me. Maybe I'm wrong but 1 planet and 5 levels sounds more like a content update that should be free, at least to subscribed players if nothing else. While details are scarce right now I really hope they add to this "expansion". What you you think though? Check out the very limited information here and comment below to let us know your thoughts!

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In this article: swtor, star wars.

About the Author

Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (33)

mz83 8 years ago
Wanted to give it a try the other day, But after I had downloaded over 20 GB at 90's era speed (despite an idle 100MBit connection) and the game seriously expected me to wait for another 9 GB to download I just stopped giving a damn.

Slayer12500 8 years ago
they might as well kept it as p2p

StevenCrux 8 years ago
I think this sounds like more of an expansion then any of WoW's expansions which were more so "game changing/game ruiners" and also only for $10(subs) $20(free players). I mean I play GW2, every expansion will likely be $60 (game has no sub) those I expect to have a bigger amount of content, for $20 I'd expect 5 levels and a new planet....
The problem with most gamers (MMOers for sure) is how spoiled and obnoxious they can be. They all lack a great deal of understanding on how the Video game market/business works. They made a game with some very unique features, made it more accessible (F2P), and now are adding more content in a fairly cheap expansion...stop bitchin' if you don't like the game, don't play.

jesterhead 8 years ago
these guys are idiots.... thats a minor content update. not an expansion. they are charging for this?
this game is doomed.

gooby 8 years ago
its SWTOR,nobody cares....

Dinosaur jr 8 years ago
ok i hate star wars i like star trek BETTER...

Dinosaur jr 8 years ago
WOW how did they make this game it's awesome.
The problem with this game it's kind of cool.!

Dubator 8 years ago
They are probably going with EA path. That means DLC every few months for $10-$20.

Laz Man 8 years ago
I played the beta & thought this was such a dumbed down version of what it could have been, especially compared to pre NGA star wars galaxies. Now its WoW in space! When it went f2p my gf got excited because she wasn't able to get into the beta. She reluctantly got me to redownload the game and join her. Seeing "paying players get this" and "paying players get that" after clicking everything and being reminded that f2p players are gimped was a real downer for both of us. Especially not even being able to SPRINT or get more hotkey bars. I don't even think that the ones lining their pockets actually play the game. If having to pay to unlock 5 more levels isn't pay to win then I don't know what is. Everyone should just stop playing and switch to Planetside 2 or Mech Warrior Online. Both have much better f2p models!

:/ 8 years ago
Is digital expansion the fancy new term for MMO DLC?

This does not sound like a REAL expansion. It sounds like extortion. I hope that I'm wrong though. I hope there will be more to this "expansion" than we know. :/ I really do. Otherwise that's just really pathetic and I feel sorry for the addicts who will rush out to buy this only to be ultimately disappointed.

RadChild 8 years ago
I see that BioCrap have finally merged with EA... Wait 'til they ask you to pay for a weapon / character color lol...

longtimegamer 8 years ago
of course.... pay to win. best gear, limitations to game play, limitations to powers and classes.

hovsep56 8 years ago
scumbag ea makes star wars free to play asks for money for expansions

nubcandy 8 years ago
ea is just being ea

Mister Obvious 8 years ago
Well... i gues is time to say Bioware farewell

Tyreal 8 years ago
Bioware is in a state of denial that ive never heard off if they think that this is a good idea and that it will be enough content to keep players in the game.. Let alone pay for it lol.
I foresee this being a good debate in a upcomming F2P cast, its too good a rant to pass up ;)

Zhao Yun 8 years ago
Snail Games,Bioware.....meh just sad i am really dissapointed of how companies handle mmos this days i know all is about money but come on really?5 lvls 1 planet(which is assume 1 "map" i quess?correct me if i am wrong)20 usd?or even 10 usd for subscribers?mistake 1:really screwed up f2p conversation mistake 2:subscribers shouldn't be paying for what seems to be a "slight" update since they ALREADY PAYIN subscription meh the way this goes even if i could play subscribtion for this game i would never do it

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Takerukun3 8 years ago
They're pulling a Star Trek Online xD

Bratwurst 8 years ago
Well...... screw this, back to Hawken.

Desert Fox 8 years ago
How money hungry could you possibly be, Bioware?!

Gdac250 8 years ago
Wow lol, I just wanted to see what was on mmo bomb before I went to bed and I ended up writing all this. Oh well, I'm going to just get off my pc now.

rockmeus 8 years ago
This game is gonna end the same as WOW , ther are players like me who just doont want and will not pay for a game online :)

and there will be "private servers " free servers to play this free and that will be pretty mouch better than the orginal server so sad to say it but thats what happens to the pay 2 win good games .

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Sakee 8 years ago
Well... If nothing else this will surely kill the game which is a shame cause the potential was there. I tried it out way back when it was free til lvl 15 and the story was fun. There's been even some really nice environments... Wasn't all that horrible what I expected.

I haven't gone back to it after the f2p conversion because I hate so much restrictions on a game. I'd been much more of a fan of these if they'd done it the way TSW handles it for now which is really making me wonder:

It does worths for Funcom to open up the game without restrictions to players (sure for a onetime boxfee... 30 euro is a good deal on that tho...) but it doesn't for a much bigger publisher and developer pair (as I suspect it wasn't a one-sided choice by BioWare but EA had their voice on the matter as well...)

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Gdac250 8 years ago
First! Yeah, that's right I just did that so shut the full cup lol. Personally I think this is going to a pretty cool content, I love star wars and I love bioware. So for me Swtor is like a dream come true, I can't wait for this expansion to come out even though I probably wont be level 50 by the time this content update comes out.

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