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BioWare will launch a new Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the MMO.
Titled Legacy of the Sith, it will “send players to the darkest depths and farthest reaches of the galaxy and unlock the ability to choose your personal combat style, allowing for more options than ever before when it comes to living and breathing your own Star Wars fantasy”.
The expansion will see players battling for control of the aquatic planet Manaan, which houses a vital medical resource in its underwater facilities, across separate Imperial and Republic storylines.
Another new storyline, available both as a solo experience and a multiplayer Flashpoint, will see players exploring a ruined Sith fortress on the planet of Elom.
Legacy of the Sith will also include a new R-4 Anomaly Operation which tasks players with taking down an obscure Sith cult, and the next Galactic Season, which is titled Shadows of the Underworld.
The level cap will increase from 75 to 80, and a new feature called Combat Styles will give players greater customisation options.
“Play as a Trooper wielding a Sniper Rifle, or a Sith Inquisitor with a lightsaber in each hand, or even secretly use Dark Side powers while posing as a member of the Jedi Order,” BioWare said. “Loadouts will increase your ability to customize, allowing you to swap between playstyles and gear with a click.”
The expansion will be available at no extra cost to subscribers and is due to hit the public test server “in the near future” ahead of its holiday 2021 launch.
BioWare is billing Legacy of the Sith’s launch as the start of a year-long celebration which will see it introduce “a completely new character creation experience, along with new looks for the character sheet, inventory, and much more”.
Earlier on Thursday, BioWare said it won’t be showing anything at EA Play Live this month, meaning fans will have to wait longer for the next Mass Effect 4 and Dragon Age 4 reveals.