It appears that the website for Star Wars: The Old Republic's upcoming Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion has gone live early (now taken down). From what we can tell so far, Knights of the Fallen Empire marks a major return to story in SWTOR, with 16 new chapters (11 revealed so far) and new companions (including Nico Okarr, the smuggler from the "Return" cinematic trailer) to recruit.
Step into an epic story-driven adventure as your character becomes The Outlander, a veteran of the Great Galactic War. A third faction threatens the galaxy as we know it, and your choices will determine the fate of both the Sith Empire and Galactic Republic. Knights of the Fallen Empire includes the first nine chapters, fueled by BioWare-style cinematic storytelling, that kicks off a new player-driven story arc that puts you at the center of a conflict where your choices have impact on outcomes including unexpected twists and betrayals. Choose your path…join or betray companions, old and new…and shape the future of the entire galaxy as well as your own. Best of all, this is only the beginning…
The website also reveals that players will be able to start at level 60 in the expansion and that additional story chapters will be released regularly.
Knights of the Fallen Empire is set to launch on October 27, 2015 and will be FREE to all subscribers. Those who subscribe between July 31 and October 19 will unlock seven days of Early Access to the expansion as well as a number of unique rewards, including the aforementioned Nico Okarr companion, Nico's blaster set and duster coat, and a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic inspired swoop bike.
More information pulled from the site:
Cast of Characters:
ARCANN The Dark Prince. "Destiny is a lie." Destiny is a lie. Fate is the falsest of hopes. I am beyond prophecy. I forge my own path by making the difficult choices. Now, it is your turn.
I am not without mercy. Surrender and you may live. Stand against me, and I will turn you into a monument for fools who believe their victory is preordained. Choose wisely.
VALKORION The Immortal Emperor. "I can make you powerful beyond reason…if you will only kneel." Everything until now has been the means to an end. I forged the Empire of Zakuul to surmount all of my previous works. It will span eternity.
Do not presume there are limits to my power. The Eternal Throne commands a fleet that will reshape the galaxy into any image I choose. Whatever you hope to achieve by opposing me, know that you will never succeed.
LANA BENIKO The Dark Advisor. "I deemed you a worthy ally once. I hope I wasn't wrong." The Sith Empire and Galactic Republic have fallen. The Jedi and Sith have retreated to their temples. No one remains to stand between the Eternal Throne and the utter destruction of all we hold dear.
It has to be you. Find the strength within yourself to persevere and sacrifice your own needs for those of the galaxy. You're our last hope.
VAYLIN The Remorseless Prodigy. "Rules are for people who lack the creativity to break them." I have always been held back. All my life, my power has been restrained for fear of the chaos and bloodshed that I might inflict on a whim.
But our whims represent our truest selves. And now that my power is fully my own, I intend to be very truthful.
KOTH VORTENA The Exiled General. "We're going to win this thing. I’m telling you, its destiny." I grew up on Zakuul, served in the military. I know its potential for greatness, but all I see is the bleak reality of what it's become.
Someone has to stand up to tyranny, right here and now. To make it clear that we reject this twisted vision for the galaxy. Someone has to own up to their destiny and fight.
SENYA The Vengeful Enforcer. "Even Emperors must answer to the law." I have served with honor. I have upheld the law and pursued offenders to the far corners of the galaxy. And I have lost everyone I ever held close.
The worst among us now rule over us. Their laws will never bring justice to the monsters who betray our ideals and murder our children. But I will.
HK-55 The Loyal Bodyguard. "Declaration: Meatbag defense protocols engaged." Lament: I am programmed for your maximum protection, but hostile meatbags continually demand I reactivate my termination subroutines.
Reassurance: I have no particular wish to harm the stupid meatbags. I was merely designed to be especially good at it.
Affirmation: Anything that threatens you will wish it had never existed, master.
Chapter 1 The Hunt
Chapter 2 A Dream of Empire
Chapter 3 Outlander
Chapter 4 The Gravestone
Chapter 5 From the Grave
Chapter 6 Asylum
Chapter 7 Lady of Sorrows
Chapter 8 Taking Flight
Chapter 9 The Alliance
Chapter 10 Anarchy In Paradise
Chapter 11 Disavowed
Chapter 12 Coming Soon
Chapter 13 Coming Soon
Chapter 14 Coming Soon
Chapter 15 Coming Soon
Chapter 16 Coming Soon
This is all we know for now, but we're expecting to learn more information when the expansion is officially unveiled at EA's E3 press conference on Monday.