Today via the official SWTOR website, the developers provided us with a preview of the planet Makeb, the centerpiece of the upcoming digital expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel.
A stunning planet that's being torn asunder by disasters, both ecological and man-made, this looks like a truly amazing place. For a breakdown of the post, as well as to discuss the post itself, hit the jump.
For the official blog post, please visit this link. The preview is brought to us courtesy of Lead Writer Charles Boyd, and really is a treat.
A Planet on the Verge of Collapse
As noted in the official blog post, Makeb itself sits on top of giant stone Mesas, and is recently being threatened by massive "groundquakes", which turn the aforementioned scenery into a disaster waiting to happen.
Naturally the enemy you'll face on Makeb is the Hutt Cartel, who are currently taking advantage of the power vacuum that's been created by the all-out war between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Never the type to pass on a strike of opportunity, you can guarantee that the Hutts are in this war to win, and they'll use everything they have at their disposal to install themselves as the manifest rulers of Makeb.
Tipping the Balance
The story in the upcoming expansion is unique as well, as it finds the Republic in a position of power, with Imperial influence across the galaxy waning as it never has before.
However, the Empire has never been a force to be trifled with, and I'm pretty sure you'd find the word "defeat" has been stricken from all Imperial dictionaries. Their secret bartering chip in this conflict, however, is knowledge of why the Hutts are suddenly so interested in the planet itself. This makes an already dangerous faction even more so, and this conflict is shaping up to be quite the contest of power.
Caught in the middle are the citizens of Makeb, who find themselves torn in a three-way battle between very powerful forces. The writers are making an emphasis on how a society would cope with this kind of warfare, and the imagery it evokes promises to be very powerful and exciting.
As I always say, only time will tell exactly how successful this expansion will be, but with more information coming out, it looks like it's shaping up to be incredibly interesting, diverse, and the immersion seems at an all time high. What do you folks think? Speak up in the comments below to let me know, and thanks for reading.