BioWare Announces First Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel -- is Now Live in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™

Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:00pm EDT

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Digital Expansion Adds New Story Content and Increases Level Cap to 55 in the
Award-Winning MMO from BioWare and LucasArts
AUSTIN, Texas--(Business Wire)--
The Hutt Cartel is making a huge play to become the next galactic superpower and
only the Republic or the Empire can stop their rise! BioWare, a studio of
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), and LucasArts announced today that the first
digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, is
now available for players worldwide. Available for $19.99 (USD), or at half
price for current Subscribers ($9.99 USD), players can extend their personal
Star Wars saga, with exciting new playable missions, new features and a striking
new planet, Makeb. Playing through Rise of the Hutt Cartel will raise the game`s
level cap to 55 and allow players to access a host of new, higher-level group
content in the recently released Game Update 2.0: Scum and Villainy. 

"We`ve worked hard over the last year to ensure we were listening to player
feedback and acting on it. This month, we`re not only adding hours of new
story-driven content and features with Rise of the Hutt Cartel, but we are also
adding depth and content to the end game with our latest Game Update 2.0: Scum
and Villainy," said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old
Republic. "All of this new content, combined with a much larger, more active and
engaged community since the addition of the Free-to-Play option last year, makes
this the best time to join or return to The Old Republic!" 

In Rise of the Hutt Cartel, players will explore a new storyline on the
beautiful and exciting new planet of Makeb. Here players will continue their
faction storylines as they fight against a nefarious new threat, the Hutt
Cartel, attempting a take-over of the planet and all its resources. As players
progress through the new levels they will earn new gear and abilities, along
with access to new Elder Game content. As part of the experience, players will
also be able to acquire new technological gear including Macrobinoculars and
Seeker Droids, which take players on galaxy-spanning new missions to unlock
valuable rewards. 

Star Wars: The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the classic Star
Wars movies. Players are immersed as they team up with friends online to fight
in heroic battles reminiscent of the films, exploring a galaxy of vibrant
planets, experiencing visceral Star Wars combat, all set to a sweeping musical
score. Now, players can experience the complete storylines of the eight iconic
Star Wars classes, all the way to Level 50 without having to pay a monthly fee.
The new Free-to-Play option complements the existing subscription offering,
providing greater flexibility in how to experience Star Wars: The Old Republic. 

Visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/RiseoftheHuttCartel to learn more or
purchase the Digital Expansion for $19.99. Be sure to check
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About LucasArts

Founded in 1982 by filmmaker George Lucas, LucasArts is a leading publisher and
developer of interactive entertainment. With development facilities in San
Francisco and Singapore, LucasArts leverages the global skills, technology and
resources of the Lucasfilm family of companies -- including visual effects
leader Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound -- in
addition to strategic partnerships with best-in-class external partners, to
further the boundaries of game development. LucasArts is dedicated to delivering
deeply immersive, visually spectacular and engaging experiences that inspire and
amaze generations. 

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive
entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for
Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and
social networks. EA has more than 275 million registered players and operates in
75 countries. 

In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion. Headquartered in
Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically
acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims, Madden NFL, FIFA
Soccer, Need for Speed, Battlefield and Mass Effect. More information about EA
is available at http://info.ea.com. 

The Sims and Need for Speed are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Mass Effect
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Electronic Arts
Alana Logan, 512-287-7732
Senior Publicist
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or
Electronic Arts
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Director of PR
anwong@ea.com
or
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Account Manager
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