The first expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, has been announced by BioWare.

The five level add-on introduces the Hutt Cartel, an aggressive new enemy threatening the future of the galaxy.

It will also feature a new planet, Makeb, and raises the game’s level cap to 55.

Rise of the Hutt Cartel will be priced at US$9.99 (AU$9.48) for subscribers, US$19.99 (AU$18.98) for everyone else, and is expected in Autumn next year.