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Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Shadow of Revan Expansion Hits 9 December

BioWare has officially announced that the upcoming third expansion to their free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic will be entitled Shadow of Revan and will release on 9 December 2014.

Shadow of Revan will increase the game’s level cap to 60 as well as add two new planets (Rishi and Yavin 4), four hard-mode flashpoint instances, two “neutral” flashpoint instances, and two level 60 operations. The expansion’s storyline will unite the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire to fight the threat posed by former Jedi (and Sith) Revan and his overwhelming army.

The expansion removes SWTOR’s skill trees from the game, granting must-have class abilities instead as a character increases in level and progresses along a “Discipline Path” introduced in Shadow of Revan.

Players have the option to pre-order Shadow of Revan for US$19.99 to be granted early-access to the new content, and a limited-time XP boost.