Operations are instanced, repeatable adventures for cooperative group-play. They are end-game content intended for groups of 8 or 16 players. As with other SWTOR features, operations are story-driven, meaning that Republic and Imperial factions will both have larger purposes for approaching the situation. Operations will include some of the most dangerous opponents, and reward players with some of the most valuable weapons, armor, and other gear. Operations can be played through multiple times, with varying levels of difficulty. They are completed in various stages.