Totalbiscuit interviews Gabe Amantangelo on Star Wars: The Old Republic

Thursday, 26th January 2012 06:21 GMT By Mark Limburg

The ambitious new MMO from Bioware has seen many successes in its first days, and quite a few issues as well. John ‘Totalbiscuit’ sits down with Gabe Amantangelo, the lead developer of operations, flashpoints and PvP, to address some of the core points.

There seems to be two slightly overlapping camps with Star Wars: The Old Republic when it comes to both the launch and recent patches – some are very happy to see something as polished and professional as SW:TOR, saying the game is reintroducing the RPG into the MMORPG framework, whilst others have serious concerns over perceived imbalances across a range of functionality, and a lack of core features including UI and data analysis for theory-crafting. These points and more are discussed fairly openly, and Gabe goes on to provide some rather interesting responses.

The full range of topics covered through the interview include:

  • Flashpoints
  • Questing and Immersion
  • Balancing Skills in PvP and PvE
  • PvP Level Brackets
  • Faction Imbalance
  • UI Customization
  • Crafting Professions
  • Endgame Character Development

Here’s the interview in full, for your listening pleasure.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. Samuel

    The New Republic? Is there already a sequel I don’t know about? =P

    #1 3 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    ‘The ambitious’ – is it?
    If this guy(or his boss) wasnt so lazy, then players wouldnt be crying for the nerf bat to be brought out so soon.

    The reason? Lack of pvp brackets from day 1. Sure, after just over a month on the market – they bring lvl 50 brackets out, but what about lower level players? How are they supposed to compete? They simply cant.

    Bioware should have adopted Rifts approach with brackets 10-20, 21-39, etc etc and one for level 50.

    Throw in ability delay, you have a real mess on your hands and clearly Bioware are THAT worried with the PR bullshit offensive taking place this week.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Mark Limburg

    @Samuel: Hehehe, oops. Fixed now :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Talkar

    Lazy? really? You’ve got any idea how seriously hard it is to create a game? And an MMO is even tougher! Show me some source code of a game you’ve made, and your entitled to say they are lazy, until then, get your facts straight!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. FabioPal

    @2 pvp brackets? yesterday me and a friend of mine, me lvl 42 him lvl 19, we ended up first and second, me second.

    The game balances your gear to leverage EVERYBODY to level 49 now, no need of brackets, it’s a smart move imho, you can play pvp from the first to the last day of your character without ending up in an empty bracket maybe for days ;)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    My BH comes in the top three usually. Started pvP at 24, not really seen any issues.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    @2 Dude, consider what you’re saying.

    I don’t know how serious the people playing Rift are, but I can very much assure you that there are people in WoW crying for a nerf of someone’s something right now.

    That’s the staple of any MMO. You buff one class, you leave the others in the dust, and then you overdo it on each one of them until it’s time to look at the first one again, and so it continues.

    I think there was a very short period in Burning Crusade where everybody on the DPS was somewhat decently matched, but that’s the nature of MMOs. As much as people whine about it, it also helps to keep it interesting by changing the rules.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. minxamo

    What a cunt.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. GrimRita

    Of course Bioware have been lazy. Look at the stuff missing from this game. People can cry day in day out saying ‘Well WoW didnt have XXX at launch’ – but that was 2004. Its now 2012. Where IS the ambition in SWTOR? WHERE?!!! You wont find any, because there isnt any. THATS your facts.

    Ohlen, like a true clueless tit, says that ‘Community feedback’ has driven changes to the Auction House – bloody hell, if THEY didnt know how shit it was in the first place, which of course they did, they seriously need to end it all now.

    Regarding pvp – levels 10-15 cant move very fast due to lack of ‘sprint’.Prior to the removal of lvl 50s, it was all but impossible for a low level player to scratch a lvl 50. Then throw in Biowares approach to being lazy by not adding rankings, scores like other MMOs do and you have a true product worthy of the bargain bin by Summer.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    I think the whole “community feedback” is more of a PR ploy to make it seem like they’re actually listening to all the people whining at GMs and on the forums.

    There’s little chance in my mind that they listen to anyone but their own testers, and maybe a few top tier guilds.

    If they said “We knew it was busted, it just wasn’t our main priority” then people would arguably respond with a lot more negativity.

    #10 3 years ago

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