The Old Republic to get major content updates in 2014
Following the release of Galactic Starfighter, the second major expansion-pack for Star Wars: The Old Republic for free-to-play members on the 4th of February, Bioware has unveiled their plans for the MMORPG in 2014. It seems the game will be receiving multiple updates and two more expansion-packs, most likely digitally. The first expansion-pack will be similar to Star Wars: The Old Republic – Rise of the Hutt Cartel (that’s quite a mouthful), while the second will be similar in scope to the recently released Galactic Starfighter.
The update schedule will be revised for 2014, expanding the time between two minor updates from 2 to 3 weeks. “There is one change to our development cadence I would like to share: In order to increase our testing time before Game Updates, we are going to move to a 3 week cycle between minor patches, instead of two weeks. While this does mean we are moving to a 9 week cadence for the major content updates, we feel the benefit of catching pesky bugs and improving quality is worth it and we remain committed to hitting our deadlines for all of our major content updates this year.” declared Bruce Maclean, senior producer at Bioware.
There will be another double XP weekend coming soon, more specifically between the 14th and 17th of March. In addition, two major updates are announced for the 8th of April (Update 2.7) and the 10th of June (2.8). The two will bring new Nightmare Mode Operations (Dread Fortress and Dread Palace), two new flashpoints, a new Huttball Warzone on Quesh, a new space battle zone and many more. For a full list of upcoming features, take a look at the 2014 The Old Republic development roadmap on the official website.
It’s interesting to note that The Old Republic has been doing increasingly well financially since it went free-to-play. The game cost over $200 million to produce, and the post-launch sales and subscriptions were shaky and way below Bioware and EA’s expectations. However, the quality of the game has improved drastically, and there’s certainly a lot more to do in the end-game now. If you haven’t tried it out yet, you can give it a try for free. For those that have previously played Star Wars The Old Republic, this might be a good time to hop back into the proverbial saddle.