LucasArts announced the release of Star Wars Galaxies: Masters of the Wild, one of the updates planned for 2010 and delivered free of charge for all subscribers of the game.
The new Beast Master Expertise System introduces several new features that allow players to create, collect, train and use customized pets in the game. Through this system, players will be able to create and grow eggs, sell and trade the eggs, hatch them to raise pets, and level their pets for use in their homes and in combat. More than 150 types of Beasts will be available through the system, including some of the most rare and popular in the game like the Spined Rancor, the Psychotic Jax and the Horned Dewback.
The Beast Master system is available to all players, regardless of profession or level, through a new, third expertise tree filled with skills that will enhance their experience with their new furry (or scaly) companions. Players can choose skills that affect the customization of the Beast?s attributes during the growth cycle, or focus more on the Beast?s capabilities after hatching, both in battle and around the house.SWG Credits is useful in the game.
During the Beast?s incubation process, players can manipulate such things as the temperature and enzyme levels to create new types of creatures never-before-seen in the galaxy, that they can then keep, or trade to other players. Players can even use certain Beasts as mounts, including the Dewback and Kaadu. Players must keep their menageries happy though - or they might find themselves Beast-less.