Star Wars: The Old Republic gets space-horror update

The doctors left BioWare, but the show must go on.

Developer BioWare announced today that it has updated Star Wars: The Old Republic, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on the classic sci-fi film franchise.Version 1.4 of the game is available to download now. The update offers new group content for high-level players and includes new features and gear.

Operation: Terror From Beyond is this patch’s biggest addition. It’s a new group-combat mission set on planet Asation. An ancient alien race was messing around with some technology it shouldn’t have, and you know the story: It’ll open a portal to a place filled with unspeakable horror.

Sounds like Event Horizon.

Update 1.4’s new features include an improved group finder and an option that’ll let players join an operation and then return to the exact location they were prior to joining.

For the fashion-conscious Sith and Jedi, BioWare has added the ability to set a unified color for companion characters. You can now set an option to have all of a companion’s gear match his chest piece.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a decent update to an MMO if it didn’t include more emoticons. More specifically, this patch is adding a set of commands that will animate the player character’s face. Did an angst-ridden teen Jedi just murder your entire Tusken Raider family? Command that frowny face to show your disapproval!

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