I feel so much better about an MMO’s longevity when its studio is putting out regular updates and roadmaps heralding those updates. That’s exactly what BioWare has done for Star Wars: The Old Republic today – in fact, it’s promising content “on a continuous basis over the coming years” – which sure doesn’t seem like a throwaway line to me.
So GU 5.9.3, Fame and Fortune, as we know, is currently in testing right now and expected to launch before the end of September with plenty o’ Huttball in store. But what about after that? GU 5.10 is called Jedi Under Siege. Here we go!
“Jedi under Siege, the next phase of the SWTOR storyline will kick off with a bang on the ancient Jedi world. Ravaged by a cataclysm centuries in the past, this beloved planet has been part of Old Republic stories since the original Tales of the Jedi comics, and we’re really excited to bring it to life for our players as a new Daily Area with separate Republic and Imperial storylines. With this ancient world, we will see the return of several fan-favorite characters as well as the introduction of some exciting new characters including a powerful Jedi veteran (not Revan) who will join Republic players on their mission to protect a hidden Jedi base and a deadly commando who will aid Imperial players in their mission to destroy it.”
MOP’s SWTOR expert Larry Everett says that while the planet isn’t actually named, but it’s probably Ossus.
BioWare is likewise promising master mode Gods from the Machine with insanely hard bosses and commensurate rewards, “additional operation content,” craftable-only tier 5 gear (!), and a much better guild experience. “Starting with Game Update 5.10, we will be releasing a variety of Guild features including heraldry, progression system, management, communication, and other general improvements,” explains the studio. “Guilds will also be able to challenge other Guilds directly in PvP matches!”
Jedi Under Siege is rolling out sometime this fall. And as for next year? “You can be sure the conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire is going to explode into full-scale war that will draw your character into battle on new planets, where they’ll fight alongside (and against!) many new and returning fan-favorite characters!”
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