SWTOR shows Onslaught pics, announces more free expansions for all players

    
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This weekend’s Star Wars: The Old Republic community cantina in San Diego proved to be a font of information about this fall’s Onslaught expansion, complete with the announcement that all F2P accounts will be receiving the Rise of the Hutt Cartel and Shadow of Revan expansions for free at the same time.

In a Twitter thread, BioWare revealed one of the key characters for the expansion, Arn, a padawan of Tau Idair who will fight for the Galactic Republic. Screenshots and concept art were shown for the key locations of Onslaught — Onderon, Mek-Sha, Corellia, and Dxun — giving fans a glimpse into some of the planets they’ll be exploring come September.

The studio also said that it’s going to activate a month-long double rewards event from July 23rd through August 20th to get players up to spec for Onslaught. Take a look at some of the screenshots, concept art, and the official splash screen for the expansion below.

Source: Twitter

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Castagere Shaikura

LOL, don’t f2p players have those expansions already? I know I do and they are really old.

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Dankey Kang

EA: “You’ll take your 5 year old expansions that you already own and you’ll like it you f2p peasent!”

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Greaterdivinity

Is there a date for RotHC/FE going free? Been meaning to play those and was going to when I subbed up for the current expansion…but if they’re free, why not?!

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ejester

with the launch of onslaught…

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MightyForty77

This Arn character… he’s more a machine than a man, trust me – I know…

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Neurotic

What’s the current install size of a fully-patched SWTOR? It’s been since launch year since I last played, but the recent upgrades to the F2P matrix are sorely tempting me…

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Hirku

40 GB.

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Neurotic

Excellent, thanks for the info! :)

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Mordyjuice

It would be nice to see this game score a win.

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Bruno Brito

If the game keeps being a hellhole of unlocks, then the xpacs really don’t matter. Are we still forced to buy a option to hide our helmets? Are we still forced to buy a license to use purple gear? A license to use our banks? Been a while since i’ve played.

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semugh

well I would prefer a proper KOTOR3 full AAA game, too.
With optional coop gameplay maybe.

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Hikari Kenzaki

They’ve given RotHC and SoR out for free so many, many, many times that it’s really only important to someone with a new account.

SWTOR has some occasionally good stuff, but they’ve just gotten me to the point where I can’t get excited about anything they put out. More often than not, it’s just buggy and disappointing.

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EmberStar

When I canceled my subscription last fall, the word was that they were basically “done” with solo story stuff, everything was Flashpoints and PVP from here on out. Flashpoints (and anything that locks story behind forced teamplay) are my second least favorite thing in online gaming. PVP is my *least* favorite.

I thought the idea that the player character being part of a new, potentially faction crossing Alliance was a nice idea, and a good first step towards getting rid of the idiotic “No you can’t play with them, or talk to them or interact with them at all unless you want to stab them. Because Redside.” But nope, the first thing they apparently did with the Iokath story was walk it back and force everyone back into “Republic good, Empire bad, FIGHT!” trope. :(

I don’t know who they’re making the game for at this point. Supposedly all the PVP types and raid fanatics fled during the Fallen Empire story series, but Flashpoints and PVP are the only content they want to make. I guess maybe it’s cheaper. And since they rammed the RP servers in with everyone else, then doubled back and moved the West Coast servers (where I played) to East Coast data centers… nope. Whoever their target market is, I’m clearly not it. And they don’t care. Which is fine, I’m sure the loss of my $10 per month is a huge inconvenience to them. :/

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Sray

Online games in trouble always tend to pivot to the “hardcore” crowd (for MMOs that tends to mean PVPers and Raiders) because that crowd is generally the most vocal, and the game industry is as dependent on word of mouth advertising as a baby is on 3am feedings. It’s common practice for troubled games to trade off a dedicated but quiet audience made up of entertainment/activity oriented players (frequently called “casuals” despite the fact that just as likely to put in as many hours into a game as “hardcore” players”) in order to attract a vocal audience that will provide word of mouth and tell the world that the game is “fixed now”; and this is done in hopes that it will attract more of the vocal “hardcores” and draw back those who were pushed out simply by that word of mouth that those changes that pushed them away somehow make the game better now. The results of this tactic are mixed: we saw it work with Destiny 1 and The Division 1, but not so much with Destiny 2. Until the games industry adopts a plan of marketing games that isn’t almost 100% dependent on word of mouth in order to reach that non-vocal “casual” base, you can expect to see the “pivot to the hardcores” tactic to continue to be pretty much the only way troubled games attempt to recover.

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rafael12104

Xpacs should always be free, IMO. Always. But that’s an argument for another time.

The artwork looks good and the double rewards (assuming that means XP too) is a good way to get an old toon up to par.

Hmm. Might be worth a months resub, maybe. We will see.

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semugh

tell that to blizzard.

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Mordyjuice

and Ever Quest 1 and 2, come to think of it make that 90% to 95% of every Western MMO that has existed.

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Tamanous

But I do really miss the free monthly updates Asheron’s Call use to have. To think about how it felt to play an MMORPG back compared to today is a heavy realization to deal with.