BioWare has launched the latest Star Wars: The Old Republicupdate.
Titled Invasion, update 2.7 adds a number of new elements to the MMO which are detailed on the game's official developer blog.
The flagship feature is the addition of a new story arc entitled Forged Alliances: Part I. This will feature two new level 55 Tactical Flashpoints - Assault On Tython and Korriban Incursion - and will introduce two major characters, Theron Shan and Lana Beniko.
Forged Alliances will comprise of three parts in total, with the second and third due later in 2014, "culminating in an incredible finale", according to Bioware.
As well as Forged Alliances, the Invasion update also includes the following:

  • Quesh Huttball Pit, a new warzone. "Baron Deathmark hosts the latest Huttball match on the toxic planet Quesh."
  • Dread Fortress: Nightmare Mode. "Even greater horrors await those who wish to challenge the bastion of the Dread Masters at the extreme Nightmare difficulty setting, and even greater rewards in the form of new Dread Touched equipment."
  • A new Galactic Starfighter Domination Map called Denon Exosphere. "A space battle featuring massive Capital Ships is ongoing in the exosphere of the ecumenopolis Denon. Wreckage from the battle is scattered around the area as forces fight to control a strategic space station. This map features two permanent spawn points for each team, adding more strategic spawning and attack possibilities."
  • The end of PvP Season 1. "Characters that had a qualifying rating will be mailed their rewards. Giradda congratulates the winners and looks forward to the bloodshed in Season 2. Season 2 will start soon but the Ranked Arenas are still available for you and your team to prepare for the next season. At the end of the PvP Season is also a great opportunity to make broader class updates, and we've done that."
  • "A plethora of bug fixes, and other items like Bolster improvements, new Cartel Market offerings, Item Ratings tooltips, craftable Dreadforged Gear, new 'Brutalizer' tier of Ranked PvP gear, Warzone improvements, separated Hard and Nightmare mode lockouts, and more."

A new Star Wars The Old Republic expansion entitled Galactic Strongholds is set for release this summer, with early access beginning on June 24. Galactic Strongholds will allow players to live on multiple planets, customise their own apartments and launch Guild Flagships