SWTOR releases new updates, receive your little Tauntaun

If you happen to play Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, you’re in for a treat if you have dedicated a huge chunk of your time to it. If you have created a level 50 player, you’ll soon be receiving a free 30 days of game time for your loyalty to the MMO. In addition, you’ll receive a cute Tauntaun pet. When I first played SWTOR, I actually really enjoyed it; it made me really want to learn more about the story line, something of which I could really care less about in World of Warcraft. However, as someone who has dedicated three years into WoW, I find it difficult to immerse myself into another MMO. It’s a lot of time out of your pocket and I thoroughly have more enjoyment trekking through my single player/co-op games (Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher, Borderlands, Indie games, etc). I’m one of those players who you’ll get me through great graphics, interesting gameplay, and for the most part (when I feel like not mindlessly killing crap) an intriguing storyline. WoW and any MMO is great for about a month or so, then it becomes this grueling task of grinding. There is no doubt that I’ll still continue exploring MMOs, but besides the social aspect (which I have certainly met my fair share of assholes and then on the other hand, I have connected with some wonderful people), there is not much any MMO could offer that I couldn’t have from an amazingly developed single player game. Of course, with that being said, I’m still going to check out the updates with the free 7 days of game time for inactive subscribers Bioware has offered from April 13th to April 20th. Besides it’s Star Wars, who doesn’t love clashing lightsabers and destruction through the force?

As divulged from Game Informer, the SWTOR patch update will include new high-level content detailed below:

Flashpoint: Lost Island continues the story of Flashpoint: Kaon Under Siege from Game Update 1.1 – Rise of the Rakghouls. Players must survive a menacing island of mystery on Ord Mantell as they hunt for clues to the Rakghoul virus outbreak that ravaged the Tion Hegemony. But the answers to this riddle may prove fatal! This flashpoint is for groups of four Imperial or Republic  players with characters at level 50.

Operation: Explosive Conflict sends players to a new zone on the planet of Denova, where traitors and mercenaries are selling the rare explosive mineral baradium to the highest bidder. Players will battle through hordes of droids, mercenaries and deadly creatures all fighting for control of the planet and its valuable resources. This Operation is for groups of eight or sixteen Imperial or Republic players with characters at level 50.

Warzone:  Novare Coast pits two teams in an epic battle to control multiple mortar locations and use them to bombard vulnerable enemy bases. Like the Huttball Warzone, Novare Coast can be played Republic vs. Empire or with players of the same faction fighting each other in a thrilling contest of wills to determine each side’s greatest champions. Like all Warzones, Novare Coast is available for characters over level 10.

For those of you who stopped playing The Old Republic, is this enough to entice you to fire up your hyperdrive and return? If not, maybe these rewards will:

  • All subscribers with active game accounts on April 12, 2012 or April 21, 2012 will be rewarded with an in-game Legacy Reward: the Tauntaun Ram Pet via in-game mail
  • New players who subscribe to The Old Republic before April 21, 2012 will also receive the Legacy Tauntaun Ram Pet
  • All active subscribers who have achieved a level 50 character by April 12, 2012 will receive 30 days of game time at no charge as a reward for their loyalty to the game
  • Former subscribers with inactive accounts are invited back to play Game Update 1.2 for up to seven days at no charge starting April 13, 2012
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