BioWare Announces Rise of the Hutt Cartel, the First Digital Expansion for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™

  BioWare Announces Rise of the Hutt Cartel, the First Digital Expansion for
  Star Wars™: The Old Republic™

             New Digital Expansion is Available Now for Pre-Order

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Texas -- December 18, 2012

There is a new threat in the Star Wars™ universe and the future of the
Republic, the Empire and the entire galaxy is at stake! Today, BioWare™, a
studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), and LucasArts announced that
players will face-off against the ruthless Hutt Cartel in the first Digital
Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel, coming Spring 2013.  Beginning today, Star
Wars: The Old Republic Subscribers can Pre-Order the Digital Expansion: Rise
of the Hutt Cartel for only $9.99, 50% of the regular price. Free-to-Play
Players can purchase the Digital Expansion for $19.99. Any player who
pre-orders before January 7, 2013 will receive five days of Early Access* to
the new fully-voiced story-driven content.

“We know our fans want to keep experiencing the classic Star Wars storylines
they love, and that’s what we’re delivering with the Rise of the Hutt Cartel
expansion,” said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer at BioWare Austin. “The
planet Makeb is shaping up to be one of our most breathtakingly beautiful
settings and the clash with the Hutt Cartel is epic and exciting. And this is
just the tip of the iceberg. We have a lot more surprises in store for our
fans next year!”

The Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel will send players to Makeb, a
dual-faction planet where players will continue their battles with the
merciless Hutt Cartel. During their journey, players will meet new allies,
make new enemies and uncover the cutting-edge technology on this vibrant
planet. Experience five new levels of story-driven missions to an already
expansive, epic online universe that will raise the level cap to 55. Pre-Order
is available now online at

Star Wars: The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the classic Star
Wars movies. Players are immersed as they team up with friends online to fight
in heroic battles reminiscent of the films, exploring a galaxy of vibrant
planets, experiencing visceral Star Wars combat, all set to a sweeping musical
score. Now, players can experience the complete storylines of the eight iconic
Star Wars classes, all the way to Level 50 without having to pay a monthly
fee. The new Free-to-Play option complements the existing subscription
offering, providing greater flexibility in how to experience Star Wars: The
Old Republic.

For more information on the different ways player can now experience Star
Wars: The Old Republic, including the Free-to-Play option, please visit or For more details on the
Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel, please visit As always, be sure to check for latest updates and follow us on Twitter,
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*Offer available through January 7, 2013 11:59PM CST/5:59AM GMT

About LucasArts

Founded in 1982 by filmmaker George Lucas, LucasArts is a leading publisher
and developer of interactive entertainment. With development facilities in San
Francisco and Singapore, LucasArts leverages the global skills, technology and
resources of the Lucasfilm family of companies -- including visual effects
leader Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound -- in
addition to strategic partnerships with best-in-class external partners, to
further the boundaries of game development. LucasArts is dedicated to
delivering deeply immersive, visually spectacular and engaging experiences
that inspire and amaze generations.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) is a global leader in digital interactive
entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for
Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and
social networks. EA has more than 250 million registered players and operates
in 75 countries.

In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion. Headquartered in
Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically
acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA
Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and Mass Effect™. More information about
EA is available at

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