The Summer of Star Wars: The Old Republic has officially begun thanks to the arrival of Game Update 5.2.2. To get things heating up, the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event is now live and set to run through August. During the event, players can head to the casinos to earn Golden Certificates that can be used for a number of items including armor, mounts, weapons, pets and customizations.
In celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4th, Bioware is unleashing a special log in event. Players entering the game from May 4th through May 8th will be rewarded with an M4-Y6 Astromech mini-pet. In addition, from May 4th to May 14th, a special Double XP event will be in Force (see what I did there?).
The patch notes for Star Wars: The Old Republic game update v5.2 The War of Iokath have been published on the official site. The patch is expected to launch later today with new content. On the narrative side, a pair of old companions will return: the Sith Warrior companion Malavai Quinn and the Republic Trooper companion Elara Dorne. In addition, a new operation called Gods from the Machine will open as well as the brand new Galaxy Map.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has had a changing of the guard. Now-former Game Producer Ben Irving has moved on to another BioWare project with Keith Kanneg taking over the role from now on. Kanneg was formerly the Director of Live Services for SWTOR, so he is familiar with the inner workings of the team.
The Star Wars: The Old Republic site has been updated with the news that The War for Iokath has been delayed until April 18th. BioWare's Eric Musco wrote that the team is not currently satisfied with its overall quality and that they will be spending the next week making improvements to address the issues that are still present.
The Star Wars: The Old Republic site has been updated with news that v5.2: "The War for Iokath" will be ready to go on April 11th. As the Republic and Empire start going at it again, it's up to the Outlander to decide where to throw their might. There is a new storyline, the new planet of Iokath and a new operation. Players will need to be level 70 to participate, though players can quickly get there thanks to 250% bonus XP and 350 Galactic Command XP through April 10th.
It seems that the older an MMO gets, the more grind it implements to keep top end players "engaged". For you Star Wars: The Old Republic players who haven't gotten enough grind in the first series of Galactic Command levels, get out the peppercorns and loosen up your elbows. Bioware has announced that a hundred new Galactic Command levels are incoming along with "exciting new gear rewards".