Players in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ are gearing up to take on the ruthless Hutt Cartel in an epic battle over the planet of Makeb, in the first Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel.  With Early Access kicking off today, players who pre-ordered Rise of the Hutt Cartel by January 7, 2013 are starting their journey five days before anyone else.

Alongside Early Access for Rise of the Hutt Cartel, BioWare has also released the new Game Update 2.0: Scum and VillainyScum and Villainy will bring exciting new high level content to players including a new Operation, all new Legacy Achievements, four Hard Mode Flashpoints, and much more.

In Rise of the Hutt Cartel players will battle a ferocious new enemy that has emerged from the shadows to challenge the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire for control. The dangerous Hutt Cartel will unleash never-before-seen Droids and monstrous battle stations that serve as powerful weapons of destruction.  All of this, and new new weapons, armor, abilites and five new levels of progression, raising the game’s level cap to 55.

Players can still pre-order Rise of the Hutt Cartel to receive exclusive items via the following link: