Star Wars: The Old Republic is offering free level 60 characters again

Those without patience to grind their way to the top can get a pre-leveled character with a free trial, just in time for new story stuff.

Knights of the Fallen Empire -- an ongoing, episodic story expansion for BioWare's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic -- is on track to receive two new chapters in the coming weeks. To drum up some hype and perhaps tempt back some retired players, BioWare is reviving an old promotion whereby those who sign up for a free trial between now and May 31st get a whole whoppin' level 60 character, fresh on the spot.

This is a growing trend among MMOs these days, offering players a free, pre-leveled character slot and the chance to skip past a game's early drudgery. In this case, you have 13 already released chapters to the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion to tuck into, plus a 14th one due out on June 3rd, and the 15th expected later that month.

The promotion is part of BioWare's month-long Star Wars event, which kicked off on (sigh, do I have to write it out, I guess I have to) May the Fourth. So we're actually a little late in bringing you this particular news, but it only came to our attention today, with the Chapter 14 release date and screens shown below. Sorry about that! Fortunately there's still plenty of time to sign up, if this sounds like your wheelhouse. Maybe you're a former SWTOR player, or have been looking to scratch that Star Wars itch since The Force Awakens came out -- either way, you could do a lot worse than taking a free level 60 character for a spin. There are other registration goodies (and stipulations) outlined over on the official site.

In the meantime, here's the blurb for Knights of the Fallen Empire Chapter 14 -- "Mandalore's Revenge" -- out on June 3rd:

The newest chapter in the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion gives the Outlander an opportunity to confront Emperor Arcann with an army of ruthless Mandalorian warriors. Enlist the help of the infamous bounty hunter Shae Vizla as you and your Alliance move to seize control of the most powerful armada in the galaxy – the Eternal Fleet. Prepare to brave the harsh desert world of Darvannis and survive its brutal enemy forces in a desperate attempt to save the galaxy from the Eternal Empire forever – and earn the loyalties of Shae Vizla and unyielding Mandalorian warriors!