The Old Republic Galactic Starfighter Expansion Now Available To Everyone

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Last month, BioWare introduced space combat to Star Wars: The Old Republic as part of the Galactic Starfighter expansion. At launch, the expansion could only be enjoyed by subscribers as free-to-play players had to wait. It turns out the wait was only for a month as the expansion is now available to all.

BioWare announced this morning that the Galactic Starfighter expansion is now available to all players - regardless of their status. Now those who partake in the game's free-to-play version will be able to jump into the same PvP matches that subscribers have been playing for the past month.

“Space combat is an iconic Star Wars experience that adds another level of excitement and immersion within The Old Republic universe,” said Jeff Hickman, Vice President, General Manager of BioWare Austin. “Galactic Starfighter shows that BioWare is committed to giving fans, new and old, the high quality Free-to-Play Star Wars experience.”

Despite having the new expansion for over a month, certain features were not available to subscribers until its official launch. Starting today, all players will now have access to the following new features:

  • New Gameplay Mode: Team Deathmatch – The goal is to destroy the most enemy players and acquire power-up items to turn the tide of battle.
  • New Starfighter Role: The Bomber – Decimate enemies playing as the Bomber, featuring the strongest hull of any Starfighter, and launch proximity mines and automated drones to defend your team.
  • New Tactical Flashpoint: Kuat Drive Yards – Join your friends to fight through a highly contested orbital shipyard with one of the most prolific warship manufacturing facilities in the galaxy. Available to players Level 15+, this new ‘Tactical Flashpoint’ is balanced for any type of group, comprised of any combination of the four class roles, ensuring you can get into the action quickly. Combat scenarios can change with each play-through and players can earn valuable rewards like the "KDY Orbital Lifter" mount, unique Starfighter Paint Jobs and more!
  • If you want space combat without any of the MMO, you might want to wait for Star Wars Attack Squadron. The PC free-to-play title claims to harken back to the days of X-Wing and TIE Fighter by giving players the chance to pilot classic Star Wars starfighters in 8v8 matches.

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