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Star Wars: The Old Republic Galactic Strongholds expansion delayed

Posted on April 24, 2014 AT 02:50am

BioWare has decided to delay the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s next digital expansion, Galactic Strongholds, until August. The decision to delay was taken because the expansion needed to “include the full set of features,” and the early access in June wouldn’t have allowed for that.

“We have been listening to what you, our players, were hoping to see from the Galactic Strongholds expansion. When playing early builds of Galactic Strongholds it became that clear that our June Early Access date was simply not enough,” senior producer Bruce Maclean wrote on the game’s official site.

“For this to truly feel like an expansion, it needs to include the full set of features, including those originally coming later in the year.”

Early Access for subscribers will now be pushed back from June 24 to August 19. “The result will be a far more compelling experience, including additional features such as the ability to place your vehicles and pets in your Stronghold and for Guilds to conquer planets,” added Maclean. “To conquer a planet, Guilds must complete weekly Conquest events earning points to place at the top of the Guild Leaderboards. Conquering a planet gives the Guild special perks and rewards.”

The delay means that the following features will be added to the expansion ahead of early access:

  • Conquest Events: use the power of your Stronghold to dominate these events and earn rewards
  • Guild Flagships will now offer expanded functionality for Guilds:
    • Provide powerful buffs to Guild members from orbit
    • Transport entire groups to your personal coordinates instantaneously
    • Compete in Conquest Events to conquer entire planets
  • New Stronghold: Tatooine Homestead
  • Vehicles, Mounts, Pets, and Companion Characters can be placed as decorations in Strongholds

Of course, this also means that BioWare’s original reward plans for subscribers have also been tweaked. Subscribers will still receive 1,000 bonus Cartel Coins on May 4, but now if they are subscribed by May 11 they will receive the following:

  • Exclusive Subteroth minipet (delivered in Update 2.7.2)
  • Two Character Titles “The Intrepid” (delivered in Update 2.7.2) and “The Illustrious” (delivered in Game Update 2.9)
  • A sprawling Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with five additional rooms unlocked
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold”

Being subscribed by July 15 will net you the rewards that would have been offered on May 11, if the original plan was still in place:

  • The luxurious Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with three additional rooms unlocked
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold”
  • Character Title “The Illustrious” (delivered in Game Update 2.9)

While I’m sad to see the expansion delayed, I’m glad that BioWare is actually taken its time to ensure that this is as good as it can be, and the new features sound worth waiting for—especially the ability to conquer planets.

Update 2.8 is still on track for June, but now its content will have changed significantly. The developer plans to offer an update on patch 2.8 in the next few weeks.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
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