Star Wars: The Old Republic will be getting its first expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, on April 14, BioWare announced on the game’s official website.
Rise of the Hutt Cartel adds five new levels to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The expansion also adds the planet of Makeb to the game. Players pick up where the main game left off. The Hutts, who have remained neutral during conflict in the past, suddenly want to stand up for themselves.
Along with the expansion comes a new ability for each of the game’s classes, new questlines based both on Makeb and other locations, new level 55 flashpoints, a new level 55 operation and additional gear.
Pre-orders between now and April 13 will include exclusive in-game items, including the new title Scourge of the Hutts, a new Markrin Seedling mini-pet and the Dr. Oggurobb Hutt Holostatue.
Players who pre-ordered the expansion pack before Jan. 7 will get all the same in-game items plus access to Rise of the Hutt Cartel beginning April 9, the same day Star Wars: The Old Republic will bet getting Update 2.0: Scum and Villainy.
Update 2.0: Scum and Villainy will allow players to reach the higher level cap of level 55 in the game and includes new legacy achievements.
Star Wars: The Old Republic launched at the end of 2011. Upon release, the game required a paid monthly subscription. At the height of its popularity, Star Wars: The Old Republic netted more than 1.7 million subscribers. When that number fell below one million, BioWare added a stripped down free-to-play option. The free-to-play experience for Star Wars: The Old Republic went live last November.