This morning, BioWare shut down the SWTOR servers to release the new version of the game, in patch 1.1 – Rise of the Rakghouls, after having to delay it to finalize some bug-fixes.
The 123 megabyte download and patch contains a fairly impressive array of fixes and features, as seen in the patch notes.
Today, Game Director James Ohlen released a statement on the SWTOR website, regarding this new patch.
Here’s what James had to say:
Today we are releasing our first major Game Update, Rise of the Rakghouls. Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ has had a very successful launch, but we know our work has only begun. We want you, our fans, to know that we’ll continue expanding and exploring the galaxy, ensuring it’s a place where new adventures are constantly unfolding.
Both high and low level players will discover new content and game systems waiting for them in this Game Update. Our goal is to provide something exciting for every type of player in the game: PVP players, Flashpoint fans, Guild members, space combat aces and role-players.
This first Game Update will show everyone how serious we are about expanding Star Wars: The Old Republic, and there’s much more to come. We have another major update planned for March and future content arriving throughout 2012 and 2013. We plan to release new Operations, Flashpoints, Warzones, Space Missions, single player content, vehicles, and companion characters. We’ll always be improving our existing game with additions like guild banks, PVP ranked matches and interface customization. Our Legacy system expands in March, bringing more options and a new level of depth to the existing character classes.
Our Game Updates will also include bug fixes, balance changes, performance improvements and exploit-proofing based on your feedback. We review reports from the community every day and compare them to gameplay metrics, QA bugs and our own experiences in the live game—where we’re playing right alongside you. Although we already address critical issues during our weekly updates, the major Game Updates will implement some of the most sweeping changes and fixes.
Expect a few surprises between these Game Updates, too. You never know when the Republic might strike Dromund Kaas, if a mysterious alien fleet could appear in the Core Worlds… or when the Rakghoul plague of Taris might infect the rest of the Galaxy. Changes are coming, and they’ll affect everyone.
We fully intend to support Star Wars: The Old Republic—and our players—for many years to come.
This is good news for everyone. Not only do the devs seem to be very interested in making sure the players are informed and ahead of the curve but are invested in the future of the game.
Also, did you catch that little bit about the legacy system expanding in March? HOT!