Additional Information on the SWTOR Story
At the start of the year two new flashpoints were introduced, where either faction can storm the others home worlds, well sort of. The story line “Forged Alliances” sees the Empire taking the fight to the Jedi on Tython and the Republic flying head long onto conflict with the Sith on Korriban. Then the second part of this is, both parties take back Tython and Korriban from their enemy. “Korriban Incursion” and “Assault on Tython” are the flashpoints. You can find out more information here.
So, there was an update on the direction the story is taking. They provided a “teaser” of this;
Some teaser, that aside. What does this show? This came after a Developer Blog post where they were providing an “extract” from a Personal Datalog from a Selkath named Shuuru. Where it speaks of the happenings on Manaan after Revan arrived in Ahto City to the eventual driving off, of the Sith Empire.
Reading this, it seems that they are setting up for more with Manaan. As they have spoken of a new settlement, Mercantile Plaza, and the image above shows a Manaan Research Facility, which could have been the one below the surface that Revan visited to seek the Star Maps for the enigmatic (at that time) Star Forge.
Will the Selkath regret, once again, trusting outsiders to not bring their conflicts and prejudices to Manaan. Time will tell.
What could be coming, well, tough to say. What I can de3duce is, there is a new area, called Manaan Research Facility. Is this an area on a planet or a Flashpoint my guess it is a Flashpoint. Who is the Wookie in the picture, a new playable species? Unlikely but I will be happy to say I am wrong if it is.
Another point to note is this is the biggest expansion since Rise of the Hutt Cartel. Which gave us a new planet with increase level cap from 50 to 55, with faction specific story content, new story arc missions, Microbinoculars and Seeker Droids a new Operation Scum and Villainy, Hard Mode Flashpoints. So, what could this include, we know that there will be some Flashpoints, will there be an Operation, is this Manaan Research Facility a new Operation, would be nice.
There are people wanting a new planet, but it is unsure what is classed as a new planet, since Oricon and CZ-198 areas were new “planets” (yes CZ-198 is a moon). But we would look at a new planet as new world missions additional daily missions, some faction story arc (though they won’t have class specific stories anymore) and a level increase. So if Rise of the Hutt Cartel is a bigger expansion, there will be cuts.