Players are able to take on the first fifty levels of The Old Republic’s story line completely free, but what happens when that is all of the story line? The answer: Expansions. The Old Republic’s first expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, is coming in Spring 2013 and brings with it several changes to the Old Republic game we all know and some of us might even love. The maximum level has been expanded by five to 55, and players are sent to the planet of Makeb, where they must put an end to the plot of the Hutt Cartel to become the new galactic superpower.
Free players will have to shell out $20 for the expansion, although subscribers can get it at 50% off for a mere $9.99. Preordering the expansion as a free player does upgrade an account to “preferred” status, and if either group orders the game before January 7th, they will have five days of early access to the new content. Otherwise, not a whole lot of information revealed at this stage. We can assume that the new planet will bring higher tier gear, raids, dungeons, and more space missions, and possibly more crafting options.
(Source: The Old Republic)