In an update this week to the official blog for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Executive Producer Jeff Hickman detailed some of the changes that the next big update to the Star Wars themed free-to-play MMO will bring. Besides delivering changes to a special PvP area, the 1.7 update also sees the return of the Gree Enclave area, and details on why the inclusion of same-sex relationships has been pushed back slightly. Hickman also said that the upcoming digital expansion Rise of the Hutt Cartel will include several new systems, five new levels, a new planet, brand new storylines, new skills and abilities, and more to be detailed at a later date.
Hickman notes that same-sex relationships in-game have been delayed because the development team had to put its focus on switching the game from a subscription-based model to free-to-play.
"First of all, I want to apologize that this is taking so long to get in the game," wrote Hickman. "I realize that we promised SGR to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character. Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of."
"Secondly, I want to reveal today that we are adding SGR with some NPCs on Makeb and do intend on pursuing more SGR options in the future," he added. "More details to come!"
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