Star Wars: The Old Republic has seen a welcomed influx of players after the recent switch to free-to-play. There are still a few things the game needs, however, and BioWare has made a new blog post detailing some of those. The two biggest (and most requested) items are content for level 50 players and same sex romance.
New Operations, Flashpoints, difficulty modes, PvP areas, and the Rise of the Hutt Cartel Digital Expansion are all en route to give level 50+ players more to do. The upcoming Game Update 1.7 even has some "interesting changes" to a PvP area, though since it hasn't been announced yet BioWare didn't elaborate. As for what exactly the studio has planned, well, executive producer Jeff Hickman has the following to say:
We have a plan mapped out for the upcoming year that will keep the elder game fresh and interesting for players of all types. Overall, we’re aiming to introduce a more diverse array of activities – more stuff to do with your Companion, more challenges to tackle with groups, and more reasons for guilds to recruit. We’ll also be improving our itemization, introducing new incentives to revisit existing areas, and a lot of other exciting things that will be revealed as we move through the upcoming year.
Same sex romances have been talked about in SWTOR for a while, but there have been some delays in getting it all figured out. Unfortunately, companions aren't included in the same sex romance option, but could be later on. BioWare is adding the ability to some NPCs on Makeb (added in Rise of the Hutt Cartel) and "intend" to pursue more options in the future, so there's a chance companions get included before long.
PvP world Ilum is finally going to get some attention soon, but nothing definitive to say other than "something big is coming to the Western Ice Shelf." New Open World PvP won't be happening this year as BioWare is still tweaking the approach to it, but new Seasons and Warzones make up the bulk of the focus. The studio is also in internal testing of Character Copy to Public Test Server, with an expected launch in the first half of this year. It'll lay the groundwork for the live character transfer system arriving later.
BioWare plans to keep expanding The Old Republic based on player feedback, so be sure to let the studio know your thoughts on what should be added.