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SWTOR E3 announcement– New level cap, news species, new ops, etc coming this year

A write up of of the E3 SWTOR announcement with pictures and videos etc!

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Is it an expansion? Do I have to pay for it etc?

  • Nothing mentioned officially but there was this survey about an expansion posted a while back that had some information that was spot on with the announcement!

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When?

  • Coming this year, no specific date announced other than July for the unlimited trials

Stuff we kinda already know

  • 520 Million hours played.
  • Nightmare Ops coming (name not given but it is going to be Denova first and then maybe Terror from Beyond)
  • Group finder
  • Ranked PvP
  • Character transfers
  • Free unlimited trial up to level 15

New Stuff

  • Level cap increase (not mentioned what level, but survey said it is 5 additional levels)
  • New planet Mekab (storyline involving the shady and dangerous Hutt Cartel)

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  • New masks?

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  • New space mission: Space Station Assault

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  • New Operation: Terror from Beyond (some color coordination? oh badass boss!)

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  • New Companion: HK-51

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  • New Warzone: Ancient Hypergates (kinda misty!)

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  • New Race (Cathar, first ever species obtained exclusively through the legacy system- survey)

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By Dulfy

MMO guide writer and blogger. Currently playing and covering SWTOR, GW2, and TSW.

30 replies on “SWTOR E3 announcement– New level cap, news species, new ops, etc coming this year”

What you have posted as “new masks” are the Dread Lords, which according the torhead ‘patch leaks’ are the going to be the main villians for the next few patches.

HK-51=FUCK YEAH!!!
The Free trial to level 15= Hopefully, I can get my friends to try TOR now.
Cathar Race= Interesting, I’m wondering how they will integrated it with the Legacy system.
The Level Cap/Combat abilities: Give me a chance  to go back to my 50 Gunslinger again.
As for everything else… Well, Not to sure about that all yet. I wonder if we’ll get more of our class story on Makeb.

I don’t think those are new masks.  The Dread Masters look like that now. I’m guessing the new Op will have us fighting them.

 Done the quest to free the Dread Masters 3 days ago. Say have aktually this new Masks. It seems thats are 5 different Mask styles exists.

 3 things with “from the star wars movies”

JAY! It’s not like the game is set 3000 years before the movies >_>

Looking at the screens from the online survey’s, the *only* reasonable one is the first page which offers all those extras for $10, but even that is too much as it should be free.

If Bioware/Evil Arts ever release an ‘expansion’ which is more than $10 I will not be paying for it, despite being a Star Wars fan of 32 years and counting. They have my 6-month recurring subscription, that is paying for any ‘expansions’ right there.

 One thing you’re missing – that $10 comes with 90 days of game time. It’s one hell of a bargain.

Absolutley. That 90 day free sub’s is a 45$ deal for 10$ I will snatch this Up the second it’s announced for sale. Though with F2P out the current subs might not have to pay for the expansions at all

The different surveys are an example of conjoint analysis. Basically, by creating a series of combinations of the variables (new level cap, price, additional speeder, new species…), BioWare is testing to see what the user base most values. This will help them figure what to include in the expansion and what price to charge.

Obviously everyone would prefer the maximum content for the minimum price, while BioWare wants the maximum price and the minimum content. This will help them find the happy medium.

Indeed, but with SWTOR hemorrhaging subscribers like a man with no arms they hardly need to conduct market research on what to offer in order to keep them.

At the end of the day, Bioware has a history of making great games, and EA is, well, just an Evil corporation that was voted worst in the USA this year… which is not surprising to anyone. Poor BW, eternally damaged by such a union…

Hey Dulfy, I found your posts pre 1.2 very helpful for informing us on exactly what to expect and how to prepare. I am hoping you will do the same for 1.3 and looking forward to it! I personally would love to see exactly how augmentation kits are crafted to prepare for it. I am confused as to whether you get the recipe from the trainer (if so what & how many materials are required) or you RE 10 pieces of level 49 gear to create a kit (I’m armstech for example and could I RE 10 green level 49 blaster barrels which only require 2 Durasteel & 2 Zal Alloy/each or will I have to RE 10 green level 49 guns which require 6 Durasteel & 6 Zal Alloy/each?)

Here’s hoping you will be able to answer this! Your efforts are much appreciated!

Hey, I will definitely be covering 1.3 as well.

As for your question, you need to buy the schematics from your trainer and RE the stuff for the mats. I don’t think barrels/mods etc work for that but anythign else should work (i.e. guns). More info soon 🙂

Hey Dulfy, those “new masks” are the ones the dread masters were wearing at the end of Denova.

so if they are still going to do the making slicing items a part of this then are they going to be nice enough to let us train in it as well as keep the other requirements for our main craft. Example i have character the has the cybrtech but could not train in underworld trade and scav plus pick up slicing.?.

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