As an avid MMO supporter, of course hearing news about Knights of the Fallen Empire, I had to cover it. The expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic blew the lid off of a lot of viewers during the EA press conference this year as Bioware proved that The Old Republic is nowhere near dead, it seems it hasn’t even reached its peak yet. Here are the latest details on the latest expansion Knights of the Old Republic.
For those jumping back into the game, or trying it out for the first time, there are a few things you need to know before rushing head first into the Star Wars universe being altered by a set of intense brothers, who will possibly change the fate of the galaxy. But what do you need to join in on this awesome adventure? Here are just a few preliminary requirements before you can enjoy the newest expansion in the Star Wars saga.
Most importantly, Knights of the Fallen Empire is a single player story experience. Similar to how Final Fantasy XIV has players focus on the story, Bioware has raised the stakes by creating an engaging story about YOU the player, and how you fit into the universe, creating an experience that feels as close to the original Knights of the Old Republic as possible. That means this main scenario quest won’t be experienced in the same way all the other SWTOR main story quests have been presented. Additionally, the story will unfold in an episodic fashion. Allowing players to access the first nine episodic chapters of the story during the games release. The remaining chapters of the story will be released monthly starting in “early 2016.” Bioware has assured there will be enough content to hold players over through the holiday break, and that they can come back to a regular release schedule in the new year.
Aside from the story and the way it will be presented, a few new additional changes include the following
You must be subscribed to Star Wars: The Old Republic to access the expansion. Early subscribers will gain early-access to the expansion and its content, while also providing players with in-game bonuses, which include a new vehicle and a new companion. You cannot purchase Knights of the Fallen Empire as a standalone piece. Of course this is all due to the fact the Knights of the Fallen Empire is FREE to subscribers, and will include access to every other SWTOR expansion. Essentially, this means new players can subscribe and get access to everything included in the SWTOR universe, as well as enjoy the new expansion.
Another stipulation to play includes that your character must be level 60 to enjoy the expansion content. Though newcomers and veterans have the opportunity to begin Knights of the Fallen Empire as a brand new level 60 character, allowing players to delve right into the expansion content from the beginning. This avoids having players trudge through years worth of missions from SWTOR and jump right in. Unfortunately, players who choose to do so will not be able to take their characters back to do the original SWTOR quests, because the assumption becomes that you’ve already done the content. It’d be too much to set all the choices and variables and decision making from the previous content for new players as well, but at least the option to start fresh or continue is available, so players won’t be blocked from content, especially if it’s what they are ultimately interested in. Don’t be worried though, there’s a new tutorial system that slowly dishes out abilities, allowing players to learn their class, while enjoying the amazing cinematics and story.
With a raised level cap of 65, and a change to multiplayer on the horizon, Knights of the Old Republic will have a ton of improvements, and even bigger shoes to fill based on the awesome expectations of players after the unparalleled reveal at E3. There’s more to see, you can check out the Bioware interview over at IGN.