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!