Today we get an announcement from EA SWTOR announcing their first digital expansion that brings it’s playerbase something they’ve been asking for, for a long time: Free Form Space Battles. Early access begins December 3rd for subscribers. Details are not released yet, but there will be ways for you to level up your pilot, customize your ship and play ships that have different “roles”. Currently they are planning for only having 12v12 free flight space combat games along with multiple battle zones and gameplay modes that are described as “Travel[ing] to multiple space locations and fight through exciting battles with different gameplay modes.”
This could either mean actual zones that you can travel to or something similar to what exists now with missions.
This is a huge turn for SWTOR that could bring a lot of players back to the game. Currently, no MMORPG has space combat gameplay. For more information please visit the official website. Keep reading for the official press release.
BIOWARE UNVEILS GALACTIC STARFIGHTER, THE NEXT DIGITAL EXPANSION FOR Star Wars™: THE OLD REPUBLIC™
The Galactic War between the Republic and Empire Takes to the Skies with Epic 12v12 Space Battles
Subscribe by November 1 to Secure Early Gunship Unlock and Custom Gunship Paint Jobs
AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 8, 2013 – Join the battle and customize the ultimate starship to become a legendary Starfighter pilot in the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ universe! Today, BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), and LucasArts announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic is adding Player-vs-Player (PvP) combat in the Free-to-Play Digital Expansion: Galactic Starfighter. With a variety of unique starships, a wide set of customization and upgrade options, multiple battle zones and gameplay modes, Galactic Starfighter brings the thrill of epic 12v12 space battles to Star Wars: The Old Republic for the first time.
Active Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers will be offered Early Access starting December 3 and Preferred Status Players* on January 14. Galactic Starfighter will be offered as a Free-to-Play Digital Expansion available to the public beginning on February 4. Each group will also receive special in-game items as part of this Early Access opportunity (detailed below). As a special benefit, active subscribers as of November 1 will receive an exclusive Galactic Starfighter early Gunship unlock and custom Gunship paint jobs.**
“Our goal with Star Wars: The Old Republic has always been to immerse players into their own Star Wars adventure and huge space battles are a vital part of fulfilling that fantasy,” said Jeff Hickman, General Manager of BioWare Austin. “Galactic Starfighter will be a deep experience that will continue to grow over time. We can’t wait for both our current and new players to get their hands on it soon.”
Players who subscribe to Star Wars: The Old Republic by November 1 will receive an exclusive Galactic Starfighter early Gunship unlock and custom Gunship paint jobs. Starting December 3, subscribers are eligible to receive special reward items along with the Early Access opportunity.
Subscriber Early Access Rewards (Subscriber Early Access opens December 3, 2013)
Early Access to Galactic Starfighter on December 3
- Exclusive Paint Jobs***
- Two Pilot Suits
- Two Titles (“Test Pilot” and “First Galactic Starfighter”)
- Subscribers get the maximum leveling and progression benefit (a Starfighter Pass will also be available for purchase in the Cartel Market beginning January 14)
Preferred Status players will receive:
- Early Access to Galactic Starfighter on January 14
- Two Pilot Suits
- Exclusive Title (“Test Pilot”)
Star Wars: The Old Republic is a Free-to-Play, award-winning MMO set thousands of years before the classic Star Wars movies. Players team up with friends online to fight in heroic battles between the Republic and Empire, exploring a galaxy of vibrant planets and experiencing visceral Star Wars combat. Now players can experience the complete storylines of the eight iconic Star Wars classes, all the way to Level 50 without having to pay a monthly fee. The Free-to-Play option complements the existing subscription offering, providing greater flexibility in how to experience Star Wars: The Old Republic.