At some point, nearly all MMOs evolve (or is it devolve?) into Fashion Wars. The newest update for Star Wars: The Old Republic doesn’t even try to hide that, with two of its primary three highlights being cosmetic updates. Oh, and there’s a new boss battle, too, but who cares? Let’s play dress-up!

Game Update 5.3 adds a new stronghold for players on the watery world of Manaan, offering “expansive ocean views, underwater chambers, and sleek styling” and also allowing players to own up to six strongholds. But who’s going to visit? How about your trusty companions, Lana Beniko and Koth Vortena, each of whom now have full customization options, allowing you to dress them in any way you like. I think Koth would look fabulous in a metal bikini …

There’s also a new Boss Battle in the Gods from the Machine operation: Aivela and Esne, the “Sisters of Carnage.” And there are the usual slate of bug fixes and enhancements, including: “Tanno Vik has been convinced to put clothes on and will no longer appear naked in Knights of the Fallen Empire cutscenes.” Whew.

You can read all the notes on Star Wars: The Old Republic Update 5.3 on the SWTOR site.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. I just recently got back into the game – I am looking forward to playing through the story again and may re-sub to unlock all of the Single Player rpg missions they’ve added.

    Glad to see they are still supporting it.


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