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Rakghouls are the closest thing Star Wars gets to a "Zombie." These beasts are born from an infected creature, human, or humanoid being and can be a great danger to those in it's path. Increased strength and senses make it a huge obstacle in battle. Most gamers remember Rakghouls from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as they were annoying, hard to defeat and could attack in numbers like a pack of wolves.

Set for release Tuesday, January 17, update 1.1 will introduce new, higher level group content, game feature additions and "continued balancing and bug fixes," says BioWare.

New material includes level 50 bracketing for PvP WarZones, the addition of anti-aliasing and changes to Open World PvP on Ilum.
Rise of the Rakghouls also introduces a new Flashpoint and Operation mission. Level 50-only Flashpoint, Kaon Under Siege, is a completely new group combat mission located on Kaon, a neutral planet in the Tion Hegemony.

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"Groups of up to four Republic or Imperial players must race to Kaon to eliminate the Rakghouls outbreak, securing the allegiance of the Tion Hegemony for their respective sides," BioWare explains.

Meanwhile Operation: Karagga's Palace is a continuation of the game's second launch Operation, and sees teams of 8 or 16 players face off against Karagga and the Hutt Cartel after the Hutts abandon their famous neutrality and breach agreements with both the Republic and Empire.

"Concerned by the threat of another combatant in the war for galactic control, both factions send teams of their most powerful heroes to confront Karagga and determine his intentions. This Operation will feature Normal, Heroic and Nightmare difficulty modes." 

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"A month ago when we launched the Early Game Access program for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we promised our fans that this would just be the beginning of our journey together," said Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of BioWare.

"Rise of the Rakghouls adds a lot of the things our community has been asking for - additional higher level group content, features like anti-aliasing, PvP bracketing and more. In the future, game updates will be even more substantial, as we promise to continue to not only add to The Old Republic, but to also improve and refine the experience with the full Legacy System and new Guild features."