Earlier this year, Bioware announced that it would be launching a brand new story expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, known as Knights of the Fallen Empire. However, we haven’t known much about the new expansion until now. This week, Bioware held a developer stream, where it went over key details for those looking to play Knights of the Fallen Empire.
Those wanting to jump in to the brand new story will need to be subscribed. Players with a level 60 character already can jump straight in but if you are behind on your levelling, you get one free ‘start at level 60’ character, while creating it you can pick your advanced class and discipline before jumping in to the action. However, since the start of the expansion is geared towards new players, you will only start off with three skills.
Another thing to note is that once you start Knights of the Fallen Empire, you can’t go back and play through the base game story, Rise of the Hutt Cartel or the Shadow of Revan expansions with that character, though side content will remain. The good news is if you do want to play through the old story content, Bioware has organized things so that players can level through 1-55 purely on class/story missions, rather than needing to farm side quests for XP. Traditional levelling resumes once you start the Shadow of Revan content though. In all, you won’t feel held back as a new player who simply wants to get in and enjoy the story, you can essentially play this like a single-player game.
Once you are in the game, if you are starting off with a brand new level 60 character, you will start off with a set amount of utility points. However, to spend these manually you will need to toggle the option in the advanced settings menu before starting the game. Crew skills will come automatically applied but companion roles can now be switched on the fly, allowing you to switch between healer, damage and tank.
That’s just about everything for getting started in Knights of the Fallen Empire. However, the dev stream went over some of the finer systems, like the group finder and changes to Legacy as well. You can catch the full VOD for yourself, HERE. It’s pretty long, coming in at around two and a half hours. Knights of the Fallen Empire officially launches on the 27th of October, with the first nine story chapters. Once the new Star Wars film launches, Bioware will return with new story chapters for subscribers, additional content will be added ‘episodically’.
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KitGuru Says: I’m playing through SWTOR as if it were a single player game at the moment thanks to the 12x experience boost for story content. The new expansion looks particularly interesting story-wise, hopefully at some point the Old Republic story lines will be made canon. Do any of you play Star Wars: The Old Republic?