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The Old Republic Starfighter Expansion Open for Free-to-Play

Back in October 2013 we reported on the second digital expansion for The Old Republic MMO Galactic Starfighter, which launched for Subscribers two months later in December. As of the 4th of February, it’s now open to the Free-to-Play players. Not only does this expansion include the ever alluring starfighting aspect, but you’ll find a new Flashpoint (think story-missions) centered around Kuat Drive Yards! Bioware is celebrating the expansion’s launch to free-to-play members with the above video, which gives you a look at all the incredible, and now free, content available in TOR today!

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Dogfights Fly Into The Old Republic

The second digital expansion pack for The Old Republic MMO forgets the petty squabbling of Hutts and planetary issues and goes straight for the stars. Galactic Starfighter adds Player versus Player (PvP) dogfighting matches to the MMO’s litany of things to do with some hectic 12v12 action. While TOR previously had outer space battles, they were more on-rails and limited than anything else. Now, with the new expansion, the cold vacuum of space is yours to patrol and conquer against other players. Customize and upgrade your ship and fight through multiple locations/gameplay modes with the expansion pack that looks too good to be true. The only caveat with Galactic Starfighter is the when you’ll get it.
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Hutt Cartel Releases Media of Makeb

When the Hutt Cartel expansion for The Old Republic was announced in early December last year, there were only a few screenshots accompanying it. Just last week BioWare finally unveiled a teaser trailer (seen above) for the new content, showcasing more of the new planet Makeb. It also comes with threats about as subtle as a Wookiee hiding in a pack of Jawas, but I’m just disappointed the Hutt Cartel didn’t issue this warning: Play our expansion or else it gets the Sarlacc Pit. Read more

Battle Hutt Cartel in Upcoming Old Republic Expansion

Hutttastic

Coming off the heels of the recently released free-to-play option, The Old Republic will soon be receiving its first digital expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel. With five new levels and a new planet, it’s up to you to discover why the Hutts plan on forcing the entire galaxy to wear the Slave Leia outfit. Actually, the expansion focuses on the Hutt Cartel’s attempt to reign supreme over the entire galaxy (but if they do take over, my scenario doesn’t sound that far off, does it?) Read more

Star Wars: The Old Republic Now Free-To-Play

Times are tough and video gaming isn’t exactly the cheapest hobby. But fret not, my fellow thrifty Star Wars fans, there’s a solution to that problem: the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic has recently launched a free-to-play option. It’s so free, you click right HERE and start your adventure without reading any further. But, all free things come at some price (not monetarily, of course) so read on if you want the skinny on what you’ll get for free. Read more

New The Old Republic: Encyclopedia Images

Amazon has a few more new images from the upcoming The Old Republic: Encyclopedia, due out October 15, 2012! Link

Click on the second link below to see five previously released images from the publication!

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The Old Republic Launch Dates Announced
The Old Republic RETURN Intro Cinematic Trailer
New SWTOR Trailer: Fate of the Galaxy

The Old Republic: Encyclopedia Cover Art

New cover art has been revealed for the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia, due out October 15, 2012! Link

SEE ALSO:
The Old Republic: Encyclopedia
The Old Republic Now Available For Pre-Order
Star Wars The Old Republic: Signs of War
The Old Republic Launch Dates Announced
The Old Republic RETURN Intro Cinematic Trailer
New SWTOR Trailer: Fate of the Galaxy

The Old Republic E3 2012 Reveals

A new video has been uploaded featuring new content in store for Star Wars: The Old Republic!

  • New Space Mission: Space Station Assault
  • New Operation: Terror From Beyond
  • New Companion: HK-51 Assassin Droid
  • New Level Cap and Combat Abilities
  • New Warzone: Ancient Hypergates
  • New World To Explore: Makeb
  • Coming in July: Play For Free Up To Level 15

The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION Cover

Swtor.com has released the cover art for the upcoming The Old Republic: Annihilation, written by Drew Karpyshyn and due out November 13, 2012. Link Click on the link to read a brief interview with the author. (Back cover art is posted below)

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation
Read 27 Pages of The Old Republic: Annihilation Now!
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Drew Karpyshyn To Write The Old Republic #4

Drew Karpyshyn Talks ANNIHILATION

Author Drew Karpyshyn has given us some insight into his upcoming novel The Old Republic: Annihilation, due out November 13, 2012. Link

Republic agent Theron Shan and his Twi’lek compadre, Teff’ith must contend with a Sith Empire counter-attack against the Republic, spearheaded by the lethal apprentice of Darth Malgus. Satele Shan and Jace Malcom co-star in what will be a fast-paced and tension-fraught tale based on the award-winning video game from BioWare and LucasArts.

It’s a bit vague, but that’s the problem when you try to stay spoiler free. But I think I can add a bit more without ruining anything. It’s a stand alone story – it has no connection to Revan, and it doesn’t tie in directly with any of the storylines from the SWTOR video game, though it is set in that era. It actually takes place just after the events of the game, and the novel will reflect the Empire and the Republic as they stand at the end of the game’s storylines. (I won’t say anymore to avoid spoiling people who play the game but aren’t finished.)

The game features Theron Shan, a character who first appeared in the Lost Suns Dark Horse graphic novels, written by Alex Freed – my former co-worker at BioWare and the lead writer for SWTOR.

Annihilation is a little different than my other Star Wars books. The Bane trilogy focused on Darth Bane, one of the most powerful Sith Lords who ever lived. Revan obviously focused on Revan, another incredibly powerful Force user. Annihilation is different, because the main character is not a Jedi or Sith. Theron Shan, despite being a descendant of Revan and Bastila, isn’t Force sensitive. That makes for a very different type of novel, and a very different type of main character.

That doesn’t make Theron any less interesting, of course. My personal favorite character in the original trilogy is Han Solo, and I think he’s a good example of how you can be a hero and change the galaxy even if you can’t call on the Force at will.

That’s not to say Theron is an “ordinary” guy: he’s a highly trained field agent working for Republic Strategic Information Services. He has a number of cybernetic implants, along with a host of customized weapons and gadgets, and he’s supplemented his SIS training with his own ecclectic and esoteric studies. Sort of like Batman. Or Jason Bourne. Or James Bond. But in Star Wars.

So let’s call Annihiliaton an action-spy-thriller-sci-fi-epic set in the Star Wars universe. If that doesn’t make you want to buy it, nothing will.

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation
Read 27 Pages of The Old Republic: Annihilation Now!
The Old Republic: Annihilation Cover Blurb Now Online
The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION Cover
Star Wars: The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION
Drew Karpyshyn To Write The Old Republic #4

The Old Republic: Encyclopedia

DK has posted their Fall 2012 catalog, and among the entries is the upcoming The Old Republic: Encyclopedia due out October 1, 2012. Link

The listing includes the tentative cover, posted above, and five illustrations from the publication. Click on each image for a larger size.

Created in full collaboration with LucasArts, this in-depth companion covers the spectrum of characters, weapons, vehicles, events, and planets of Star Wars : The Old Republic. More than just an encyclopedia, it is the ultimate guided tour of the dangerous and mysterious universe found in a galaxy far, far away.

SEE ALSO:
The Old Republic: Encyclopedia Cover Art
The Old Republic Now Available For Pre-Order
Star Wars The Old Republic: Signs of War
The Old Republic Launch Dates Announced
The Old Republic RETURN Intro Cinematic Trailer
New SWTOR Trailer: Fate of the Galaxy

Star Wars: The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION

Today Del Rey announced the title of the upcoming 4th novel in the Old Republic series: ANNIHILATION, by Drew Karpyshyn. Link We also have a synopsis:

Republic agent Theron Shan and his Twi’lek compadre, Teff’ith (from Dark Horse Comics’ STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC: THE LOST SUNS) must contend with a Sith Empire counter-attack against the Republic, spearheaded by the lethal apprentice of Darth Malgus. Satele Shan and Jace Malcolm co-star in what will be a fast-paced and tension-fraught tale based on the award-winning video game from BioWare and LucasArts.

The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION is due to be released on November 13, 2012.

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation by Bry Dean
Megan’s Review: The Old Republic: Annihilation
Read 27 Pages of The Old Republic: Annihilation Now!
The Old Republic: Annihilation Cover Blurb Now Online
The Old Republic: ANNIHILATION Cover
Drew Karpyshyn Talks ANNIHILATION
Drew Karpyshyn To Write The Old Republic #4

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