Just one month after the game's release in the US (and two months before its release in New Zealand...), EA are expanding The Old Republic.
The Star Wars themed Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) has been very successful so far, garnering an impressive average review score of 85% and attracting a very healthy user-base. Unfortunately, as it's not available officially in New Zealand, we've not yet been able to assess it for ourselves - keep an eye out around the March launch of the game downunder for our appraisal.
Regardless of it's official availability, however, there are many people in New Zealand who have found a way to play the impressively polished, BioWare-developed MMO. If you're amongst them, you'll be pleased to hear about Rise of the Rakghouls - a new set of content that's scheduled to hit the servers on the 17th of January.
"A month ago when we launched the Early Game Access program for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we promised our fans that this would just be the beginning of our journey together," said Dr. Greg Zeschuk, General Manager of the BioWare Label's MMO Business Unit and Co-Founder of BioWare. "Rise of the Rakghouls adds a lot of the things our community has been asking for -- additional higher level group content, features like anti-aliasing, PvP bracketing and more. In the future, game updates will be even more substantial, as we promise to continue to not only add to The Old Republic, but to also improve and refine the experience with the full Legacy System and new Guild features."
Rise of the Rakghouls features a new Flashpoint (Kaon Under Siege) and a new Operation (Karagga's Palace). In this video, get a look at Kaon Under Siege - a completely new and unique group combat experience located on Kaon, a planet in the Tion Hegemony. Groups of up to four Republic or Imperial players must race to Kaon to eliminate the Rakghouls outbreak, securing the allegiance of the Tion Hegemony for their respective sides. This Flashpoint will be available for level 50 characters only and will feature Normal and Heroic modes.