The Old Republic Gets Its First Major Update Next Week

New high-level content and fixes coming to BioWare’s MMORPG, trailer included.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


EA Games and BioWare are prepping the first major add-on to Star Wars: The Old Republic for next week. Starting on January 17th, players will be introduced to "Rise of the Rakghouls," the first major content dump for The Old Republic, bringing a new Flashpoint and Operation to the title, as well as a number of fixes and changes including level 50 bracketing for PvP Warzones and anti-aliasing.

Rise of the Rakghouls represents the first major update for the title, but players should expect more steady content throughout the year, with the next planned update happening in March 2012, says EA.

The Rakghoul infestation begins next week.

“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.”

Here’s the skinny on the new Flashpoint and Operation being added with Rise of the Rakghouls, straight from the mouth of BioWare:

  • Flashpoint: Kaon Under Siege is a completely new and unique group combat experience located on Kaon, a planet in the Tion Hegemony, a strategically important sector of the galaxy that has remained neutral, 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.
  • Operation: Karagga’s Palace, is a continuation of the game’s second launch Operation. In the Operation, teams of 8 or 16 players will face off against Karagga and the Hutt Cartel after the Hutts abandon their famous neutrality and breach agreements with both the Republic and Empire. Concerned by the threat of another combatant in the war for galactic control, both factions send teams of their most powerful heroes to confront Karagga and determine his intentions. This Operation will feature Normal, Heroic and Nightmare difficulty modes.