The lights are on
BioWare recently made Star Wars: The Old Republic free-to-play, but the company isn't done with the MMO. The game will soon be getting new operations, flashpoints, difficulty modes, player-versus-player areas, and same sex sex.
In a recent blog post executive producer Jeff Hickman said that The Old Republic is as healthy as ever and continues to gain new players. Hickman also said that players should look forward to a couple of upcoming updates.
"In our Game Update 1.7 you should look forward to some interesting changes to a special PvP area that you have all been asking about (sorry for being cryptic, but this is technically not announced yet), as well as a visit from some old friends, The Gree Enclave (though maybe not in a way you would expect). And later in the spring, our Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel! The team has been working for a long time on this, and is very excited to get it out to you. We have greatly expanded on the original concept with several new systems, 5 new levels, a big new planet, new storylines, new skills and abilities and more beyond that. Keep your eyes open for more information over the next several months."
On the topic of same sex relationships, Hickman said, "I realize that we promised SGR to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character. Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of."
On the other hand, players will be able to initiate same sex relationships with NPCs on the planet Makeb after the next content update.
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