starwarsoldrepublicimage015BioWare has announced that upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion pack Galactic Strongholds has been delayed.

The announcement was made by Senior Producer Bruce Maclean on the games official website, and will allow additional features to be added to the pack.

Maclean said: “We have been listening to what you, our players, were hoping to see from the Galactic Strongholds expansion. When playing early builds of Galactic Strongholds it became that clear that our June Early Access date was simply not enough. For this to truly feel like an expansion, it needs to include the full set of features, including those originally coming later in the year.

“We are moving the start date for Subscriber Early Access from June 24th to August 19th in order to deliver to you the most features at the highest level of quality.”

The Galactic Strongholds expansion pack will allow players to live on a number of worlds, whilst customising their homes/strongholds and being able to send out Guild Flagships.

New features being added to the expansion following this delay include:

• Conquest Events: use the power of your Stronghold to dominate these events and earn rewards
• Guild Flagships will now offer expanded functionality for Guilds:
o Provide powerful buffs to Guild members from orbit
o Transport entire groups to your personal coordinates instantaneously
o Compete in Conquest Events to conquer entire planets
• New Stronghold: Tatooine Homestead
• Vehicles, Mounts, Pets, and Companion Characters can be placed as decorations in Strongholds

With this change in schedule, players now have until the 15th July to become a subscriber and get the early access awards. After the subscriber launch in August, the pack will be available in September and October, depending on their subscriber status.

What are your thoughts of the additional features being added?