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PostSubject: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:06 am

That's right guys, "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" is almost upon us. Bring in the new year with the first digital expansion for SWTOR. Unfortunately it is not free for subscribers, but it is 50% off....woo. Unamused It will be $9.99 USD for subscribers, and $19.99 USD for everyone else.

New features include:

  • New Planet: Makeb
  • Level cap raised to 55
  • Fight the Hutt Cartel

Read all the current details HERE.

Discuss your thoughts!

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:36 am

Omgomg thank you Bioware. Let it be known that my absolute favorite species is Star Wars is, oddly enough, hutts. I love the whole underground scene and stuff. Plus, they have casinos and shit and I love those. Maybe they give us Sabacc/Pazaak tables yes? Maybe some other cool stuff like that? But yes, I like very much. Rainbadurr
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:09 am

There goes my 10$.
I really hope that they include SSSP in this expansion.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:55 pm

And ofc you gotta pay online to get the stupid discount....
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:41 pm

Less than a months sub? Sure why the fuck not, I don't care what anyone says I like this game enough to stick with it. I do hope that there is new Op or something to go with it though, 5 levels of story is gonna take some people a day to do (gonna take me like a week =D).

Wonder what will happen with current content, whether stuff will just get bumped up 5 levels or what.

I predict massive class balance cock ups, hoping to have some toons on the buff/broken side Very Happy

Story wise I do hope that some proper Pub v Imp will be going on, at least behind the scenes rather than forgetting about the war and focusing on the cartel.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:53 pm

What I find most interesting is that it's a digital expansion. That makes me wonder if they plan on doing a hard copy major expansion sometime in the second part of next year and this is just to tide us over. Or...are they going to do something like this every 9 months or so? Maybe every 6?

This of course, makes me wonder what's going to happen to all the raiding and what have you. Will there be a significant advantage to being full Dread Guard other than not needing the new 50+ gear right away? Are they going the Burning Crusade route and making all the new gear so good that you'll end up replacing all of your endgame gear in the span of 30 quests? Will current BiS gear be the baseline for new operations? Lots of questions, of course. And i'm sure there will be more answers soon. They sort of just sprung this one up on us. I like that, actually.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:20 am

Jeff Hickman wrote:
The intent for Rise of the Hutt Cartel is to continue your character's story, but envisioned as part of the ongoing struggle of the Empire vs. the Republic. There are lots of great moments for you to enjoy, and it will be shared as two clear storylines. No class specific storylines are included, though I know you guys are going to love what RotHC has to offer.

Hmm, not sure I like that, seems that they are being kinda cheap by only having Pub and Imp storyline rather than class specific ones.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:34 am

Derpy wrote:
Jeff Hickman wrote:
The intent for Rise of the Hutt Cartel is to continue your character's story, but envisioned as part of the ongoing struggle of the Empire vs. the Republic. There are lots of great moments for you to enjoy, and it will be shared as two clear storylines. No class specific storylines are included, though I know you guys are going to love what RotHC has to offer.

Hmm, not sure I like that, seems that they are being kinda cheap by only having Pub and Imp storyline rather than class specific ones.

Hrm....yea, that kind of irks me. Wasn't the whole point of having the class story lines to...ya know...have them be class specific?! It will be cool to experience every step of the way with others since there will be no switching between different classes' story instances, though. I think they just wanted to put in less effort to make so many specific stories. You'd think they would for a whole expansion. It better be a damn good story then.

Oh well, beggers can't be choosers. I am just glad they are releasing content steadily like they promised.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:36 am

I don't think I've ever seen a Hutt with a Cybernetic arm before. Nor for that matter do I recall knowing of a Hutt invading another planet with an army.
Probably missing out on something that has already happened, but what the heck.

This is gonna be fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:45 am

Have either of you gotten a confirmation on the pre-order? I have no idea if mine went through.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:03 pm

I got a purchase confirmation, it's from noreply@em.ea.com though.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:34 pm

If you go to My Account > Games (Download) on the SWTOR site you should see your SWTOR registered and Rise of the Hutt Cartel Expansion registered too.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:45 am

New op may be in the expansion
http://torwars.com/2013/01/11/torwars-intelligence-report-darvannis/
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:32 am

I doubt that the Op will be released as part of the expansion for a couple of reasons.
Bioware seems to be trying really hard to pace themselves with new content, and including an Op as part of an already large update wouldn't fit with this approach.
It would have to introduce a new tier of gear, and I don't think they want purchasers of the expansion to have an even bigger advantage than they already are going to have from more skill points.

It's interesting to note that this information is almost a year old. Torhead leaked it on February 2nd of last year, and you can still read it here. The operation is called "Scum and Villainy" and was originally going to be part of 1.4 before Bioware realized that the pace of content that they were shooting for was grossly unrealistic.

As far as the story goes, this new Op looks very uninteresting to me. It sounds like the same old recycled plot of "someone's gone rogue against both the Republic and Empire, stop them!" Speaking of recycling, does anyone find the name "Shadow Dealer" funny? I predict that it's going to be a Chiss.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:07 pm

Pinkie Pie wrote:
I doubt that the Op will be released as part of the expansion for a couple of reasons.
Bioware seems to be trying really hard to pace themselves with new content, and including an Op as part of an already large update wouldn't fit with this approach.
It would have to introduce a new tier of gear, and I don't think they want purchasers of the expansion to have an even bigger advantage than they already are going to have from more skill points.

It's interesting to note that this information is almost a year old. Torhead leaked it on February 2nd of last year, and you can still read it here. The operation is called "Scum and Villainy" and was originally going to be part of 1.4 before Bioware realized that the pace of content that they were shooting for was grossly unrealistic.

As far as the story goes, this new Op looks very uninteresting to me. It sounds like the same old recycled plot of "someone's gone rogue against both the Republic and Empire, stop them!" Speaking of recycling, does anyone find the name "Shadow Dealer" funny? I predict that it's going to be a Chiss.

It goes with the story and every pve contents that have been released so far were based on story (like Chevin event then Terror From Beyond). It's time for a new op anyway if the expansion is to be released in ~March.
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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:02 pm

Pinkie Pie wrote:
It would have to introduce a new tier of gear, and I don't think they want purchasers of the expansion to have an even bigger advantage than they already are going to have from more skill points

Did you know? Your chance to hit an enemy >4 lvls above you is ~10%. What does it matter if they introduce better gear when people not buying the expansion can't hit you anyways.

Not to mention: the more things they add to the expansion (be it at its launch or in later updates), the more people will think it is worth the money and buy it.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:21 pm

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Speaking of recycling, does anyone find the name "Shadow Dealer" funny? I predict that it's going to be a Chiss.

Minor Mass Effect series spoiler below. Odds are, if you had a certain character pop into your head as soon as you saw "Shadow Dealer" and Mass Effect, you'll know what's under this tag.

Spoiler:
 

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:31 pm



Chicken Merc go! Like the Agent gear though. Sadly no Pub pics.

Also that new pet, it 'orrible.

And a video that tells you nothing.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:27 am

This looks as if it's set to become the new highest-level Trooper gear:


I think I'll stick with the Black Hole design, thank you very much. The gold/blue colouring is nice, though.

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PostSubject: Re: Expansion - "Rise of the Hutt Cartel" [Spring 2013]   Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:34 am

Skarkdahn wrote:
This looks as if it's set to become the new highest-level Trooper gear:


I think I'll stick with the Black Hole design, thank you very much. The gold/blue colouring is nice, though.


That's not the new tier gear for trooper, it's NPC's.
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