When BioWare Austin first teased Star Wars: The Old Republic's Shadow of Revan expansion back in November of last year, the studio teased that this would mark the start of something special. They hinted during a later interview with Shacknews that there would be a renewed focus on personal story, offering a single-player experience more reminiscent of classic Knights of the Old Republic with some optional multiplayer and party missions for those that wanted them. Now BioWare Austin is on the heels of their MMORPG's biggest update ever, one that will introduce an entirely new personal story arc.
Knights of the Fallen Empire is being billed as The Old Republic's largest story-driven expansion, which will put players in the role of the Outlander, a veteran of the Great Galactic War. A new enemy called the Emperor of the Eternal Throne will emerge, looking to rule the galaxy with his own iron fist. While the Outlander must stop his machinations, he will soon learn that their destinies are intertwined.
This new expansion is also placing a greater focus on player choices, which will affect how the story plays out. These choices also stand to affect the expansion's supporting cast of new characters, who can prove to be valuable friends or a simple means to an end that can be disposed of when all is said and done.
BioWare Austin is very serious about this expansion marking a new beginning for players, so much so that Knights of the Fallen Empire will come with a level 60 character. The Old Republic's level cap will also be raised to 65.
Knights of the Fallen Empire will launch with the story's first nine chapters with more to come shortly after. Look for Star Wars: The Old Republic's Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion to release in October. It will be free to all Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers.