BioWare has made the decision to delay their upcoming expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic till February of next year. Legacy of the Sith will officially launch now on February 15th, 2022, having been delayed from its original release date of December 14th.
In a short post to the SWTOR website by Project Director Keith Kanneg, the decision was explained as a way to give the team more time to shore of last minute issues and iron more of kinks in the ambitious expansion.
"Legacy of the Sith is something the team has been hard at work on for quite a while but as we get ever closer to launch, it is clear that we need a bit more time. We’re focusing additional testing on the many areas we have changed throughout the game to deliver the experience we want, and one that you deserve."
Legacy of the Sith is an ambitious expansion, one that brings new story but also fundamentally changes how classes can work in the MMO, so it's not entirely shocking that the team needs more time. Combat Styles are a key part of this update, one that will see many players branching out and fully creating the type of character they've always wanted.
In addition, the war-torn planet of Manaan is at center stage - and players will be able to explore the planet alongside a new Flashpoint set on Elom, seeing players try to uncover the mystery surrounding a Sith temple.
Players who want to actually dive into the expansion (well, most of it) ahead of next year's launch, Kanneng says the chance to do so will be available this week. The majority of the expansion (barring story itself) will be playable on the PTR, giving SWTOR fans a chance to get acquainted with (and provide feedback of) the new content ahead of its new February launch date.
Recently, we've had the chance to chat with the team at BioWare about Legacy of the Sith. You can check out our interview with Keith, as well as creative director Charles Boyd here.