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Star Wars: Old Republic 'Rise of the Rakghouls' update announced

New Flashpoint, Operation and feature additions

BioWare's set to release the first "game update" for Star Wars: The Old Republic, 'Rise of the Rakghouls', next week.

Set for release on Tuesday, January 17, update 1.1 will introduce new, higher level group content, game feature additions and "continued balancing and bug fixes," says BioWare.

The new stuff, which was mostly detailed earlier, includes level 50 bracketing for PvP WarZones, the addition of anti-aliasing and changes to Open World PvP on Ilum.

Rise of the Rakghouls also introduces a new Flashpoint and Operation mission.

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Level 50-only Flashpoint, Kaon Under Siege, is a completely new group combat mission located on Kaon, a neutral planet in the Tion Hegemony.

"Groups of up to four Republic or Imperial players must race to Kaon to eliminate the Rakghouls outbreak, securing the allegiance of the Tion Hegemony for their respective sides," BioWare explains.

Meanwhile Operation: Karagga's Palace is a continuation of the game's second launch Operation, and sees teams of 8 or 16 players face off against Karagga and the Hutt Cartel after the Hutts abandon their famous neutrality and breach agreements with both the Republic and Empire.

"Concerned by the threat of another combatant in the war for galactic control, both factions send teams of their most powerful heroes to confront Karagga and determine his intentions. This Operation will feature Normal, Heroic and Nightmare difficulty modes."

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BioWare says it plans to continue regular game updates throughout the year, with the next planned for March with extra Flashpoints, Operations, WarZones and game systems. BioWare reveals more details on that in our just-published Old Republic 1.1 interview.

"A month ago when we launched the Early Game Access program for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we promised our fans that this would just be the beginning of our journey together," said Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of BioWare.

"Rise of the Rakghouls adds a lot of the things our community has been asking for - additional higher level group content, features like anti-aliasing, PvP bracketing and more. In the future, game updates will be even more substantial, as we promise to continue to not only add to The Old Republic, but to also improve and refine the experience with the full Legacy System and new Guild features."

Part one of our Star Wars: The Old Republic review went live before Christmas. Expect the second half (and a score) in the coming days.

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