SWTOR teases its new expansion, Cartel Market updates, and more coming by year’s end

    
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With all the April Fool’s updates and misinformation that were flying around this weekend, it was a little difficult to tell what was a prank and what was real, especially after developers saying they were not going to do “traditional expansions.” That said, during an interview with influencer SWTOR Central, Community Manager Eric Musco and Creative Director Charles Boyd confirmed that they are currently working on an expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, but not much more was said about that other than one quote from Boyd:

“We’ve got the story in 5.9 coming out in May, and that’s going to conclude the whole Theron traitor story arc and put a capper on the Eternal Throne-related activities, for the most part, in terms of being the focus of the story. And we’re definitely going to be getting back to a Republic-vs.-Empire-core storyline — getting back to that war — revitalizing it into the core original SWTOR conflict.”

However, it’s not quite time to jump up and down, yet. After Boyd said that during the interview, Musco inserted, “We’re still figuring out what the expansion really is,” hinting that most of the pieces aren’t really settled, yet.

In the meantime, the Cartel Market is shifting to one that is focused more on direct sales and less on the Cartel Packs. Yesterday, SWTOR launched nearly all Cartel Market armor, weapons, toys, and companions that were once in packs as direct sales and plans on placing decorations in there in the near future.

As mentioned, Update 5.9 will conclude the traitor storyline and will hit at the beginning of May. But there will at least be a 5.10 before the expansion hits. SWTOR fan and YouTuber Vulkk plans on diving deep with 5.9 and 5.10 questions when he talks with Musco and Boyd on Friday. Perhaps then we can learn more about the true fate of SWTOR for this year.

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CubAvenger

conclude the whole Theron traitor story arc

Oh. Didn’t know that, because I’ve been waiting for them to finish the arc so I could play all the way through.

So…Theron’s the traitor. Great. The first and only male character romanceable by male characters and he’s (apparently) a traitor. Great job, devs. Great job.

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Roger Melly

I think there probably is the desire to make a new expansion but the reality may be somewhat different which lies in the hands of EA. The same is probably true of the new Star Wars open world EA game which lies in the hands of Disney .

My guess is SWTOR and EA’s licence for the Star Wars franchise both have their days numbered .

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Armsman

Translation: “Sure, we’d like to do another Expansion, but we’re not sure what the EA Upper Management suits will allow…”

Of course this could all just be walk-backable marketing speak because the”impeding maintenance mode” rumors are effecting EA’s ability to ‘cash grab’ with SWToR before Disney pulls, or doesn’t re-up the IP license.

Time will tell.

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Sally Bowls

the Cartel Market is shifting to one that is focused more on direct sales and less on the Cartel Packs. Yesterday, SWTOR launched nearly all Cartel Market armor, weapons, toys, and companions that were once in packs as direct sales and plans on placing decorations in there in the near future.

Isn’t this kind of a big deal, at least hereabouts??? I hope we can get an analysis piece from Larry, our longsuffering expert.

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PlasmaJohn

Analysis of what? We know precious little information: There will be a 5.9, a 5.10 and a 6.0. 6.0 will return to a Pub vs. Imp. storywise and they’re calling it an “expansion” but nothing about what it contains.

I very much doubt Boyd’s definition of “expansion” has any relation to what reasonable players expect especially for one that demands a premium subscription.

This is coming on the heels of Austin making yet another change that has upset a sizeable enough population to affect group content queues. And just like Galactic Command they’re dragging their feet on any corrections. This is so bad that they’ve been accused of doing this intentionally just to give themselves an excuse for the dearth of content and real improvements.

SW:TOR doesn’t need analysis, it needs investigative journalism.

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Ben Stone

I don’t think you read the part that was quoted….