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E3 2012: Bioware announces new Star Wars: The Old Republic content, limited free play

Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting some new content for players to explore, as well as a couple of changes to PvP, levels caps and character transfers. Bioware announced this and more during the EA press conference at E3 2012 in Los Angeles.

The changes include a new version of the hardcore difficulty mode for veterans, group finders, ranked PvP and increased level caps. In terms of content, Bioware is adding a new planet centered around the Hutt cartel, which will feature a number of new missions and a new companion. A new species, the Cathar, is being added as well.

Bioware’s other big announcement is that starting in July, everyone can play The Old Republic¬†up to level 15 for free. The MMO has lost members in recent months, and it’s clear that EA and Bioware are trying World of Warcraft’s free-to-play model for early levels.