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Star Wars: the Old Republic 1.3 Allies update detailed

Bioware has announced the details of the upcoming Allies update to Star Wars: the Old Republic.

Bioware, the developers behind Star Wars: the Old Republic, have announced the details of its future 1.3 update entitled Allies.

One of the main additions is a tool to help gamers find a group to play with, an obviously absent feature from the game since its release. It will help players find companions take on Flashpoints and Operations in the massively multiplayer online role playing game with much greater ease. There will be the option to select a preferred role in the group and to specify what content gamers wish to tackle.

The Legacy System introduced in the previous 1.2 update is being expanded upon with more Legacy perks, adding new bonuses to the game to allow players to truly customise their character.

One such group of perks are called Advancement Perks that grant extra experience points for engaging in Warzones, Flashpoints or Space Missions. Others offer increased affection from a character's Companion, spawnable items such as item repair droids or improve crafting capabilities.

Adaptive gear will help you join together with allies and dress up as other characters to take on any mission in the title. Social gear can be adapted to match combat gear as well, which will provide armour bonuses and provide potential for armour modifications.

Lastly, augment unlocks helps gamers optimise their equipment by unlocking augmentation modification slots. Previously the slots could only be achieved by gaining "critical" success when crafting.

News of the Allies update came at the same time Bioware announced that the staff at its studio in Austin, responsible for developing Star Wars: the Old Republic, was being cut or moved on to other projects.

"We are bidding farewell to some talented, passionate and exceptionally hard-working people who helped make SWTOR a reality," said Bioware co-founder Greg Zeschuk.

"We still have a very substantial development team working on supporting and growing the game and we feel we are in a strong position ... to continue to build Star Wars: The Old Republic as one of the most compelling and successful online experiences in the world today."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801369983-ADNFCR