BioWare and EA have confirmed the next Star Wars: The Old Republic downloadable expansion as 'Galactic Starfighter'.
The free-to-play expansion will add PvP (player vs. player) combat to the game in the form of 12-on-12 space battles with "a variety of unique starships".
Each ship will feature a set of unique customisation options, while the expansion also promises multiple battle zones and gaemplay modes.
"Active Star Wars: The Old Republic subscribers will be offered Early Access starting December 3 and Preferred Status Players on January 14," confirmed EA.
The expansion will be available to the general public on February 4. Active subscribers as of November 1 will receive an exclusive Galactic Starfighter early Gunship unlock and custom Gunship paint jobs.
Other early access rewards include two pilot suits, the 'Test Pilot' and 'First Galactic Starfighter' titles, and "the maximum leveling and progression benefit".
"Galactic Starfighter will be a deep experience that will continue to grow over time. We can't wait for both our current and new players to get their hands on it soon," commented BioWare Austin GM Jeff Hickman.
The first digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, 'Rise of the Hutt Cartel', was released in April. Priced at $19.99/£11.99 or at half of that price for current subscribers, Rise of the Hutt Cartel introduced new story content, a fresh planet called Makeb, and raised the level cap to 55.