Milestone SWTOR Game Update 1.2 Legacy goes live in April, BioWare has announced.
This evolves the Legacy system and allows gamers to link their characters via a family tree. Doing so unlocks abilities, character species and mailbox and Galactic Trade Network terminals for player ships. Companion affection and moral alignment will also benefit.
Game Update Legacy also brings a new group Flashpoint, raid Operation and group versus group PVP Warzone.
The Flashpoint is Lost Island, which continues the Kaon Under Siege Flashpoint story from SWTOR Game Update 1.1, Rise of the Rakghous. Get to the bottom of the virus outbreak, basically.
The Operation is Explosive Conflict, and you'll need eight or 16 other players to tackle it. This takes place in a new zone on planet Denova, where unsavoury types are selling explosive mineral baradium. You'll fight droids, mercenaries and creatures.
The Warzone is Novare Coast, where two teams battle over mortar locations and use them to bomb bases. Teams of the same faction can fight each other.
SWTOR Game Update 1.2 Legacy also brings PVP Warzone Rankings, Guild Banks and better user interface customisation. There will be the usual plethora of gameplay fixes and optimisations as well, although they don't appear to have been revealed yet.
Also, there's a new Friends Trial initiative for SWTOR that starts tomorrow. Players can invite up to three friends (who've never touched SWTOR before) to play free for seven days and up to a level cap of 15. At the end of that period they'll get to buy SWTOR at a promotional price.