Hall Hood, the lead writer currently working on Star Wars: The Old Republic, reveals that his team at BioWare is already working on new narrative threads for the MMO, which will be soon launched.Talking to Massively, the developer has offered details on the way the core universe will change via coming patch, saying, “For decades since the Sith Empire returned to war against the Republic, the Hutt Cartel has been content to watch from the sidelines and profit from the chaos. That is all about to change, and the fallout from the Hutts’ actions will have long-term consequences for the entire galaxy.”
He has added, “The Dread Masters aren’t finished yet, either. They’re about to unleash something terrible that only the galaxy’s most powerful defenders have any hope of stopping. If I tell you any more, the Shroud will have me eliminated for talking. Who is this Shroud, you ask? Oh, you’ll see.”
The Hutts, their mercenaries and the new and mysterious Shroud will apparently enter the galactic conflict as neutrals and their forces will engage both the Republic and the Sith Empire in battle.
Some members of the Star Wars player base have complained that the recent storyline choices for their chosen class seem to end their evolution within the MMO, but Hood says that all the gameplay choices are cleared with the narrative team and they will have interesting payoffs in the coming months.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has moved to a free-to-play model in the middle of November, allowing anyone to jump into the game and see whether they enjoy it without paying.
Those who plan to stick with the Star Wars MMO in the long term will only get the full experience that BioWare has to offer if they are willing to deal with a monthly subscription.