Today, I'm pleased to announce that the next digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, will be launching April 14th, with Early Access beginning on April 9th! This post will contain a screenshot gallery, pertinent videos, as well as round one of the developer Q&A. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank BioWare for going out of their way to provide me with this information and allowing me to bring this coverage to you all. For full coverage, hit the jump.
Also, that's only half of the good news; be sure to check back starting tomorrow for full coverage of the expansion! This includes quest and achievement guides, videos, and more! It will be updated over time, and hopefully I'll have it all finished by the time the expansion goes live. If you have anything in particular that you'd like me to take a look at, leave a suggestion in the comments below.
Update: I want to remind everyone that part of the news I was excited to bring you will start tomorrow morning at around 9AM pacific; this is pretty much complete coverage of the new features from the Closed Test Server, and includes videos for quests and achievements, a ton of new screenshots as well as information on the Seeker Droid and Macrobinocular quests. So, while many of you weren't surprised by the release date announcement, I think you'll enjoy what you see tomorrow. - Vox
Rise of the Hutt Cartel, the first Digital Expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, introduces 5 new levels, including story driven missions, as the level cap increases to 55! Players can face-off against a frightening new enemy as they battle the nefarious Hutt Cartel and its massive new creatures and weapons of destruction. Players must join a faction in explosive combat to save the future of the galaxy. The Hutt Cartel has emerged from the shadows to challenge the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire for control, unleashing powerful new droids and monstrous battle stations to serve as powerful weapons of destruction.
- Increased Level Cap – Continue the Star Wars saga with a new level cap of 55! Earn new abilities, skill points, gear, and more as a player’s character advances!
- Extend the Star Wars Saga – Experience new epic story content with fully-voiced cinematic conversations as players uncover the diabolical plot of The Hutts to become the new galactic superpower.
- New Planet: Makeb – Explore a vibrant alien landscape as the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire fight for control over a powerful secret.
- Uncover Exciting New Devices that Unlock Additional Rewards – Explore Makeb to uncover exciting new technology that unlocks valuable objects and additional story-driven missions.
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Rise of the Hutt Cartel Preview Trailer
You've likely seen this video before, but feel free to take a look again as it sets up the story quite nicely.
Making of: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
As more videos are made available, I'll add them here as well as post them via the frontpage. For now, here are the first two parts.