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SWTOR Announces Summer Expansion, Galactic Stronghold

By Jeff Sproul -

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, rumors began circulating about guild starships in Star Wars: the Old Republic. These rumors seemed to grow thickest shortly before the launch of guild vaults, and then the clamor seemed to die down somewhat. Well, BioWare wasn't quite done with the idea, so guild-owned capital ships will be added to the game starting in June. 

According to the announcement, it will be a 3-stage launch: Subscriber Early Access starting June 24, Preferred Early Access starting on the 29th, and the "Official Launch" in August. 

Key features of the expansion:

  • Customizable "strongholds," multi-room apartments on multiple planets. Subscribers will get a free "sky palace" pad on Nar Shaddaa, but each legacy can own multiple strongholds.
  • Guild Flagships, essentially flying guild-halls; seems safe to assume these will also be customizable, but not much information about this feature is available yet.
  • Legacy Stronghold Storage - shared storage for all characters on the same legacy. Way better than inventory management via mail. 

The really useful stuff won't be a part of the Early Access period, but the free Nar Shaddaa sky palace given to subscribers (those who are subscribed as of May 11) is supposedly valued at 1.5 million credits. Additional strongholds and unlockable rooms will be available for either in-game credits or Cartel Coins - expect these features to have a lot of handy re-directs to the Cartel Market for upgrades and decorations.

Source: www.swtor.com announcement page

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