The first expansion for the popular Free MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic is set to release January 7, 2013. What
better way to celebrate the games one year anniversary? The huge addition
called Rise of the Hutt Cartel, is
aiming to not only bring new content to current users, but also bring back the
fans that have turned to the dark side by leaving.

The Old Republic had to deal with an
increasingly competitive market for MMORPGs, so the logic to make a surprise
announcement and go free-to-play a few months ago was warranted. The biggest
changes announced will be a new planet and storyline. This will definitely
spark interest in many fans but far too often are Star Wars geeks closed minded to trying completely new endeavors. That
problem could once again impede the success of such a great game, but most
signs are pointing to improvement.

Luckily there is an intelligent mind backing the game that knows what
both old and news fans look forward too. Jeff Hickman, a game designer and lead
overseer of The Old Republic, clearly
understands the direction the game needs to be taking in order to survive.
Hickman commented on the expansion saying, ?We know our fans
want to keep experiencing the classic Star Wars storylines they love
[but] the planet
Makeb is shaping up to be one of our most breathtakingly
beautiful settings.?

Hickman goes on further to point out how the overall storyline
of clashing with the Hutt Cartel is epic and exciting, but the biggest
improvement factor for established gamers will probably be the additions they
can make to their already existing characters. The first and most likely
improvement in any MMORPG expansion is an increased level cap. The Old Republic follows through on that
desire by now allowing players to reach level 55, while they unlock a whole set
of new skills.

The state of Star
Wars: The Old Republic
community is in shambles and is talked about like it
nears the line of gaming extinction, so no one can be sure how well this
expansion will improve its fan base. Rise
of the Hutt Cartel
is creatively founded by the games original director and
editors so it could very well be too similar to what fans already dislike about
the game. Hopefully though, this is just the first of many improvements to come
to an already drastically different and entertaining gaming franchise.

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