SWTOR, or Star Wars: The Old Republic, is a free to play MMORPG that’s been around since 2011. This past weekend at the Star Wars Celebration event, BioWare dropped some major news regarding future content. Coming in September 2019, SWTOR will be getting a brand new expansion titled Onslaught. This will be the first expansion since 2016’s Knights of the Eternal Throne update, which was story heavy featuring player’s characters as the Outlander. But now with the return of a prominent and popular Republic vs Sith story line, fans and players are excited at what this new expansion brings. Luckily, we have the scoop. Here’s what you can expect from SWTOR’s upcoming expansion this September.
Free For Subs, Story Continues From Jedi Under Siege
Onslaught will be a free expansion for all subscribers of SWTOR in September. Unfortunately, free or preferred players will not be able to access it. But it could be worth getting a one month sub due to the sheer amount of content coming at release. This hasn’t been done often in SWTOR’s case for expansions, where content drips in slowly instead. From a story perspective, the narrative picks up right after the Jedi Under Siege update from last year.
War between the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire blazes across the galaxy. Crucial resources dwindle as piracy and crime escalate dramatically. Amid this chaos, the Alliance Commander has the chance to tip the scales in favor of either faction, committing their elite forces to decide the fate of the galaxy.
As the Sith Empire prepares to make a decisive strike against a newly-constructed Republic shipyard on the planet Corellia, members of the Dark Council see victory on the horizon and begin plotting against one another in anticipation of the spoils. Meanwhile, Republic forces must race against time to muster reinforcements from across the galaxy in order to defend Corellia from the Sith.
New Operation and Flashpoint Ready To Go At Launch
For end-gamers and group players, good news on the content front. Come Onslaught’s launch, the story will be building up to two main offerings, a new flashpoint and operation. Beginning with the operation, the raid will feature familiar enemies on a brand new never-before seen planet of SWTOR since KOTOR II, Dxun. Dxun is Onderon’s largest moon, is teeming with wild jungle-life – drawing the attention of the unscrupulous Czerka Corporation as well as a band of fanatical Trandoshan hunters.
As for the Flashpoint aka dungeon, there will be solo and group modes available to accommodate all players. Excitingly, in the dramatic finale of the expansion storyline, you will see Corellia like never before. This new Flashpoint will bring players to a new area on the classic SWTOR planet Corellia.
New Level Cap, Race and Zone
The level cap will also be increasing for the first time since the previous expansion. This makes the journey through Onslaught feel a lot more tangible which is good. All classes will be getting new abilities to play with too, to diversify playstyles moving forward. Additionally, BioWare teased that a new playable race – Nautolans – are coming to the game with this expansion. Just look up Jedi Kit Fisto to get an idea of what they look like. Moreover, players will also visit the mining-colony of Mek-Sha, an independent fueling station and boomtown built in the hollows of a mined-out asteroid once controlled by the Hutts. This lawless den of smugglers, pirates, mercenaries, traders, and refugees has become a crossroads for the entire galaxy – a place where opportunity and danger can be found in equal measure.
Tactical Gear and Slot
SWTOR are also adding a new type of gear slot – Tactical items. These build-defining items directly alter your abilities and playstyle. Taking these new items, players will be able to pair them with numerous new set bonuses to choose from, including general sets that can be used by everyone.
These item sets can be acquired through multiple paths. Acquire your gear no matter how you choose to play: Player vs Environment, Player vs Player, Galactic Command, and Crafting are all viable. New set items, Tactical items, and more open a pathway to limitless depth allowing you to play your character exactly how you want.