“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of players suddenly cried out in happiness and were suddenly silenced.”

BioWare has unveiled plans to release its first digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic this spring.  Rise of the Hutt Cartel will raise the level cap to 55, includes all new story-based missions, and introduces the new planet of Makeb for players to explore.  The personal Star Wars saga will feature the same fully-voiced conversations that the original game launched with and will allow players to uncover the nefarious plans of the Hutt Cartel.

Rise of the Hutt Cartel is set for a spring 2013 release and players can begin pre-ordering now.  If you pre-order by January 7, you will receive 5 days early access.  The expansion is priced at $9.99 for subscribers and $19.99 for anyone else.

What do you think of SWTOR’s first expansion?  We don’t have all of the details yet, but so far it looks like they are only adding one planet.  Is that enough to keep players busy?  Is this the expansion you were looking for or do you have a bad feeling about this?